Afeez Agoro Oladimeji was just like any other child while growing up until the age of 19 when he fell ill and soon started growing above the normal human height of any other person from his age group.
He continued to fall ill several times and consequently realised he was growing abnormally tall.
His parents sought medical interventions for his strong condition but to no avail.
Today, at 44 years, Oladimeji is a sight to behold in Nigeria as he stands at 7 ft. 4 inches tall, which makes him unofficially the tallest man in the country and among the list of the tallest people in Africa.
This would, however, come with many inconveniences, including a battle with rheumatism, restrictions on movement and, of course, a long delay in finding love.
Born in Sabo, Yaba in Lagos on December 13, 1975, Oladimeji is the youngest of three children who had his early education at St. Finbarr’s College before obtaining an Ordinary National Diploma (OND), followed by a Higher National Diploma (HND) in Town and Regional Planning at the Lagos State Polytechnic.
He subsequently pursued a degree in Computer Science at the University of Lagos.
“My growing up was a miracle in a way. All through my secondary school days, I was not even one of the tallest students. But right after secondary school, I started feeling that I was growing tall. Ten years after secondary school, some of my mates who hadn’t seen me for long started telling me I was no longer the same Oladimeji they knew. They said I had become an alien because I was twice as tall as them,” he told The Nation in an interview.
Oladimeji said his parents had to give him some special care and attention due to his condition.
“My father, when he was still alive, showed a lot of concern, especially because it got to a point when none of my clothes and shoes could size me anymore. He took me to Igbobi Hospital to ascertain whether I had one deficiency but the doctors never saw anything.”
“My father, before he died, built a house that would be convenient for me to move in and out, and that has helped me greatly as I bear the pain and challenges of rheumatism.
“When he died in 2005, my mummy was sceptical about my health condition. She took me to Lagos State University Teaching Hospital to get me tested and the report of the test was that I was over-secreting glands. I later underwent a heart surgery in the US. Heart correction is one of the surgeries that most persons with abnormal growth will have to go through.”
Oladimeji, who has since been an actor and model, said his condition requires him to work out regularly to ease the load on his legs. He previously had difficulties finding a job as well because most employers were intimidated by his height, he said.
Luckily, he got a contract job with the Lagos State Government, which lasted for two years.
He subsequently decided to establish small businesses for himself and is, at the moment, combining those with his work in modelling and entertainment.
But to move around, Oladimeji has had to rely mostly on commercial motorcycles. If it’s a taxi, the passenger seat in front has to be adjusted all the way to the back for him to be able to fit in. His clothes are often made from special tailors who sew to fit his size while his shoes and other personal items are usually imported from the U.S.
Then the other major challenge for most people of his height arrived: finding a partner.
“Many ladies run away from me as a result of my height; so finding a wife, for a long time, was tough,” Oladimeji recalled. He, however, indicated this June that he had found a woman who he has proposed to and would be marrying soon.
Despite the setbacks, the actor and model said he does not regret his condition as the positives are far greater than the negatives. Apart from the love and special treatment he receives from people due to his height, what he finds awesome was how swiftly he got a visa when he applied to go to the U.S.
He is, nevertheless, not happy with officials in Lagos, especially the Lagos State Tourism Board after a promise to make him a Tourism Ambassador due to his exceptional height is yet to be fulfilled.
Oladimeji is currently among several others who have grown much taller than they otherwise would.
From time immemorial, there exist stories of men and women who grew above the normal human height — a phenomenon that has attracted several scientific terms, such as pituitary gigantism, eunuchoid tallness, acromegaly, and Sotos syndrome.
Sultan Kösen is currently the world’s tallest man while Africa tallest men include: Hussein Mohamed Bisad; the tallest man in Somalia; father of four Jackson Kipkirui Koskei, suspected to be the tallest man in Kenya, and Mounir Fourar who remains Algeria’s tallest man despite his death in 2012.
Scientists say children who have an adenoma, a tumor of the pituitary gland, may secrete too much growth hormone which can cause them to grow much taller than they otherwise would.
According to an article by Medical News Today, gigantism is almost always the result of a pituitary tumour, though some rare medical conditions can also cause excessive growth. These include Carney complex, neurofibromatosis, McCune-Albright syndrome and multiple endocrine neoplasia type 1.
“People who are abnormally tall are also at risk of a wide number of health issues. Their excessive size can strain the metabolic system and cause cardiovascular problems, including an enlarged heart,” the article added.
Man kills his pregnant wife three months after wedding
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The Nigerian police have launched a manhunt for a man who allegedly killed his 4-month-old pregnant wife.
The suspect identified as Nnanna Emeka reportedly killed his pregnant wife in their residence at Ugbele Mgbidi area of Imo State.
According to eyewitnesses, Nnanna decided to take his wife on a date where he could take out his plan but she refused.
Nnanna committed his atrocious act on Saturday, 3rd July 2020 just three months after they tied the knot.
“He wanted to take his wife out on a date, and then, probably take her somewhere and kill her. He would have come back to cook up stories to cover his track. But unfortunately for him, his wife refused to go out with him.
Just a few days before, she had told a friend that for the past week her husband’s character had changed, that she doesn’t understand him anymore. So, we believe that’s why she refused to go out with him.
However, after trying fruitlessly to get his wife to go out with him, he allegedly decided to murder her inside their apartment and take her corpse to the place where the ritual will be performed,” a witness recounted.
The suspect is said to have hit his wife’s forehead with a rod and watched her bleed to death.
He was confronted by neighbours while transporting the body because his actions looked suspicious.
Nnanna, however, bolted and currently, he is nowhere to be found.
2-years jail term for any landlord who takes rent for more than six months – Rent Control
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The Public Relation Officer (PRO) for the Rent Control Department Emmanuel Hovey Kporsu has warned landlords not to take rent for more than 6months.
According to the PRO, any landlord who is found guilty of taking more than 6 months rent is likely to be jailed for two years.
He explained that taking rent is not an avenue for them to recoup all their monies used in putting up the building.
“Any person who as a condition of the grant, renewal or continuance of a tenancy demands in the case of monthly or shorter tenancy, the payment in advance of more than a month’s rent or in the case of tenancy exceeding six months, the payment in advance of more than six months’ rent shall be guilty of an offense and shall upon conviction by the appropriate rent magistrate be liable to a fine not exceeding 500 penalty unit or in default imprisonment term not exceeding 2 years or both,” he stated.
One thing that has been bothering many people in the country is the decision by some landlords and property owners to take one or two years advance as rent.
Citizens have complained that this act by the landlords and property owners force them to sleep on the street when the laws of the land demand that no landlord takes rent for more than 6 months.
Fire guts building at Makola market
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Report reaching GhPage indicates that there has been a fire outbreak at a three-storey building at the Makola market, Accra.
The inferno started around 9 am on Monday, 5th July 2020 in one of the shops in the building and spread to the others.
The building, known as Hong Kong, opposite the Makola Shopping Mall Complex, is made of shops occupied by traders who deal in hair and cosmetic products.
Goods including lace fabrics, cosmetics and wigs have been destroyed in the blaze.
According to eyewitnesses, when the fire started, they called on the fire service station that is situated a few meters away but they claimed they do not have water to put out the flames.
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The fire service personnel are currently at the scene battling to bring the inferno under control.
As at this point, no casualty has been recorded but the traders are accusing the fire service over their failure to handle the fire when it started.
Conti-Katanga Clash: Katanga releases press statement
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A statement from the Katanga Hall of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) has been released to the public.
Last weekend, a fight broke up between some members of the Katanga Hall and Conti during the vetting of some SRC executives.
The fight saw some students of both sides destroy some properties belonging to the institution.
There has been a public uproar on social media after video from the fight found its way to social media.
Well, executives of Katanga have reacted to the story and the video which has gone viral explaining their side of the story.
According to their press release, there was a scuffle at the entrance of the Great Hall after one Master Joshua Budu wielding a broken bottle was preventing some students from entering.
It continued that Katanga members only came into the picture to restore calm and not start a fight as the media and other people are saying.
The statement maintained that Katanga does not support such disruptive behaviors.
Read the full statement below:
Ghana would experience political tension for 3 years – Nigerian Prophet
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A Nigerian Prophet identified as Emmanuel Chinonso has disclosed that Ghana would experience political tension that would last for some years.
For those who believe in the words of preachers and Prophets, this message from the man of God might be the answer to their questions on the recent happenings in the country.
According to the preacher, a lot of people would lose their lives because this political tension would start with protest and then proceed to a riot-like revolution and all this would begin immediately.
He narrated that God showed to him that this political tension was going to last for three (3) years.
Prophet Chinonso went on to say that the Lord told him that the only thing that can save the people of Ghana is for them to pray and call on him.
He said: “this thing I saw will bring in protest. I saw people die: I saw something that will be like a revolution. There will be hotness, people will not rest, people will be unrest.
“The Lord said to me, tell my people to pray and pass a warning unto the political leaders in Ghana that they shall hear my voice; let them not do what shall temper the blood of the innocent, that blood shall begin to speak”.
The Lord said I should warn them that all God’s people in Ghana shall lift up their antenna high and pray a prayer of peace. I saw a tension and the Lord said to me it will last for three years; not just something that will happen in 2021 [but will go beyond]. I see protest, rioting; I see some people die.”
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Former IGP, Asante-Apeatu sues Net-2 TV presenter, Justice Kweku Annan for defamation [Details]
Former Inspector-General of Police (IGP), David Asante-Apeatu, has sued Net-2 TV presenter, Justice Kweku Annan for defamation.
The defendant is the host of the station’s popular talk show known as ‘The Seat’.
Kweku Annan is said to have claimed on the June 16, 2021, edition of his show that, the former IGP is a fence for notorious Ghanaian and Nigerian criminals and harbours the criminals.
In addition, he alleged that Mr. Asante-Apeatu is/was on the payroll of top criminals in Ghana, and had refused to cause the arrest and prosecution of these criminals.
Not only that, the TV Presenter accused the former IGP of working in cahoots with hardened international criminals to unleash terror on Ghanaians.
But the plaintiff in his writ as sighted by citinewsroom.com avers that the accusations are figments of the defendant’s imagination, ‘utterly false’, hence his lawsuit.
According to the former IGP, the TV presenter mischievously calculated the allegations in a manner that was to damage his reputation and cause him public disaffection.
“Former IGP, Mr. David Apeatu’s adminstration you know these men whose names I am about to mention. You know them. What did he do? What did you do? I say that you know these notorious armed robbers whose names I am anout to mention. Why haven’t you been able to arrest them. Former IGP you know this. What have you done, what did you do. Mr.Apeatu, I say you know these people”, extract of the defandant’s broadcasted and published defamatory of the plaintiff read.
Plaintiffs support of claim for aggravated damages
The former police chief who sued per his lawful attorney particularly stated as follows:
The defendant published the words complained of knowing they were false, or recklessly as to their truth or falsity – having calculated that the benefit to the defendant in his vocation as a TV presenter – by way of popularity and increased viewership-base and following as a result of the sensational publication-would outweigh any compensation payable to the plaintiff.
That the defendant knew that once he made the publication, it would be reproduced on the websites of the various media platforms including social media, and access to countless numbers of people worldwide.
Also, the defendant knew and intended that his publication of the words complained of should be so published and./or such publication was the natural and probable consequence of his publication.
The defendant transmitted and/or caused the publication to be published on Net2 TV’s YouTube and Facebook accounts which the defendant has left to open access to an unquantifiable number of users globally of the internet on the world wide web.
Consequently, it can be inferred that a large, unquantifiable number of users have watched and are watching the defendant’s publication of the plaintiff and that the defendant was malicious in his publication of the words complained of.
The plaintiff is therefore seeking the following reliefs:
1. General damages for libel contained in the defendant’s publication of the plaintiff.
2. Aggravated damages arising from libel published by the defendant of the plaintiff
3. Costs, including lawyers’ fees.
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