First, the Kenyan artist posted his unfinished drawing of Harvey, shared the method on Twitter and urged his followers to retweet and tag the US entertainer.
Once the drawing was full, he posted the photograph and tagged Steve Harvey, hoping he would see it.
“Complete pencil drawing of @IAmSteveHarvey. Will be a real boost to my hustle if you have this in your gallery. Waiting with bated breath,” Okello wrote on Twitter.
His persistence paid off and three days and hundreds of retweets later, Harvey replied.
“Now I’m looking for you it would be my honor to have this …. what size is it and I’ll be in Joburg and Botswana soon let’s hook up then,” Harvey mentioned in his tweet.
Okello instructed CNN the popularity humbled and excited him
“I never expected such a thing to happen, and so soon. I’m positively blown!”
His encounter with Harvey will not be Okello’s first brush with fame. In 2014, his portrait of Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta went viral and earned him an invite to the State House the place he offered the drawing to the President.
Okello, 30, studied finance however says he taught himself how to attract and now works full time as an artist.
He says being an artist doesn’t obtain as a lot respect as different professions.
“Society doesn’t respect art that much, especially in my country. It is my mission to change that perception with my small efforts.”
Okello now desires to create a platform for extra rising artists in Kenya.
“I’m seeking to have a gallery that should build me and other budding talents within my country and possibly have exhibitions all around the world; to give the platform I have been given,” he mentioned.
Until then, his recommendation for rising artists on the continent: “Use social media well and believe in yourself.”