I Hawked Fufu Before Relocating To The United States – Kamaru Usman

by Duke Magazine

Nigerian born martial artist, Kamaru Usman has shared stories of his humble beginning in Nigeria before relocating to the United States in search of greener pastures. 

In an interview on Channels Television, Usman who is UFC’s current welterweight champion reminisced selling fufu while living in Edo state. 

The Auchi-born fighter who moved to the US at the age of 8, described his mother as a hustler who sold different things. 

“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. 

“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,” Usman said.

The fighter also revealed that his father was imprisoned while he was still in college, and also talked about the father-daughter bond he enjoys with his five-year-old daughter, Samirah. 

“My daughter, Samirah, I love her to death. She’s very intriguing to me because from about 6 months to about three and half years of her life, she went to the gym with me every day. Then she hit about five years and then she started saying, ‘you know I’m not going to do this daddy, right. You know I’m not going do this sport.’

“I think I have to just accept that and honestly I don’t think I want her to this sport anyway. She’s got her thing, she’s doing gymnastics and for self defence. She does Ju-Jitsu because she has to learn how to control the situation if anything happens. I’m okay with those right now,” he added.

The UFC Champion then further disclosed his intention of having a foray into commentary and analysis of mixed martial arts after retirement.

Usman said; “Talking about the Sport that I’ve spent so much time in, that’s a dream. So now instead of getting punched in the face you are talking about people who are getting punched in the face. And so, it’s a dream for me but I’m slowly getting my feet.

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