It is heartwarming to see how people who have seen the downside of life but privileged to have scaled through unhurt provide respite for struggling ones.
This is the account of a 34-year-old, Kamaru Usman, a Nigerian by birth, native of Edo state. His mum, a school teacher and shop owner raised him from the stipends she earned.
Coming from this humble background, where he started his life as a child who hawked fufu for his mother, assisted in their farm to grow foods they ate and walked miles with his grandmother to fetch well water to make living comfortable, he never lost sight of his roots.
Kamaru Usman, since he started a career as a mixed martial artist, has recorded 11 straight victories which happened to be the longest in the welterweight division beating George St. Pierre’s record. Showing his vulnerability, he revealed that though he looked fearless in his fights but he approached all of his opponents with fear. That’s to say, everything he has achieved was gotten from sheer determination and eyes fixed on a goal.
As someone who rose to stardom but never forgot his root, on his recent tour to Nigeria engaged in some noteworthy philanthropic activities.
Kamaru, in partnership with Lagos Food Bank Organization, stormed the slum of Lagos to feed 1000 vulnerable children.
The Founder of Lagos Food Bank Organization, Michael Sunbola, expressing his delight after the act said, he was pleased to have a legend like him partner with them. In his words, “His physical presence at the field does not only show his support but will also bring more publicity to what we do which in turn will feed more food-insecure children. We look forward to more collaboration with his team in future.”
The welterweight champion said he is humbled by the warm reception he received on his visit and promised to replicate this act of kindness and provide support in any way he can to better the lives of the less privileged. In his words, “Being born in a place like Nigeria helped mould me into the man I am today.”
While he continues his media tour, the mixed martial artist is also involved in general Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) activities.