HE’S only 9 years but talented and energetic, meeting the boy for the first time you might think he’s just like any kid who plays with friends, but he is more than just a kid.
Nine year old Kelvin Dlhovu a grade five pupil of inspire children’s academy of Lusaka’s Libala area only realized his talent of being a bicker at a tender age of four when a child is expected to play video games and other games for children at that age.
After school hours, young Dlhovu who is not scared of falling off the bike finds fun in shaping up with professional skills on his quad bike at the nearby home ground in Libala, he fearlessly skids and plays with his quad bike like a professional, at times under instructions of his uncle George.
Dlhovu says he doesn’t let his biking practice get in the way of his school timetable, he says he gets the inspiration from his father who was once a bicker but stopped due to old age.
“Dad bought me a bike last year so that I can be training after school because he knows that I want to become a professional biker like David Reeve, so I train every day after school and I want to take part in this year’s competitions at the show grounds,” said Dlhovu.
He says he receives support even from teachers and friends his school and some of his schoolmates wants him to teach them his skills.
Dlhovu has however noticed that there are few bikers in Zambia and his dream is to be one of the few, the young fearless man is inviting children with similar skills to join him and make a difference as young bikers.
And Dlhovu’s father Masauso Dlhovu says he too started biking at age 6 with his neighbor’s bike and could not continue pursuing his dream of becoming a professional biker because of sponsorship, he however continued with training at his house as a biker up to the time he was 36 but stopped because of his old age.
The proud father of the nine year old professional biker in the making says he’s willing to do anything to see his son participate in the Dacaar rally championship after he writes his grade nine examinations, he’s willing to even sale his house to see his son achieve the dream he never managed.
Dlhovu senior is working at anything to ensure that his son practices and sharpen his skills, the man has opened a biking school, the Zambian school of biking and is urging parents with children with talents like his son and enroll them.
The boy has since been scheduled for a two weeks program in South Africa later in August .