Nigerian-American mixed martial arts champion, Kamaru Usman, has revealed in a fresh interview the struggles he went through together with his family back in Nigeria before hitting stardom and raking a huge fortune out of it.
Whilst answering questions on his personality and wide range of issues pertaining to his life on a Channels TV program, Gist Nigeria, the present UFC welterweight champion disclosed how he farmed and hawked to secure the next meal.
“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.
“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.”