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How I sold Fufu before I left Nigeria – Kamaru Usman shares successful story

Kamaru Usman

For Nigerian-American mixed martial arts champion, Kamaru Usman, he and his family have paid their dues in Nigeria before moving on to greener pastures and now enjoying the fruits of their labours.


The UFC’s current welterweight champion disclosed this and many more in a wide-ranging interview on a Channels TV program, Gist Nigeria.


According to the 33-year-old father of one he farmed and hawked to secure the next meal.
He said, “We grew up in the village. We farmed. As a small boy, farm boy, I used to hawk Akpu, put hot Akpu on my head. I came from nothing,” Usman started.

The Auchi-born fighter, who moved to USA aged eight, disclosed the everyday family struggle and how his mother catered for himself and two other brothers.

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“There is just struggle every day, the struggle to, how are we gonna eat next week, next month. What are we gonna do? We owned a small store where we sold clothes, we sold shoes, my mum sold bags, anything that we could sell, my mum was able to get and try to sell. My mum was a hustler and that is one of the things I respect so much about her as a woman with three rowdy Naija boys, ” Kamaru Usman said.

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