Sunday, December 10, 2023

The Giant from Kogi Known as “Hungry Lion”

The giant popularly known as “Hungry Lion”, was the strongest man in the Old Kwara State and one of the toughest in Nigeria’s history.

Modern day Kogi was part of the old Kwara State.

Hungry Lion, who’s real name is Hassan Kumar is a native of Ebira in modern day Kogi State.

Historical accounts reveal that he was once regarded as the strongest man in Kogi Central, which was previously a part of Kwara State.

Standing at a towering height of over 8feet tall, his strength was legendary, as he could pull a vehicle with a rope tied to his teeth, carry five bags of cement on his chest, and even transport a motorcycle with a rider on his shoulder.

Hungry Lion could give Anthony Joshua a run for his money.

Interestingly, he was married twice, first to an Ebira woman and then to a woman from Maiduguri.

From his union with his Ebira wife, he fathered a son who currently resides in Kuroko. The life and feats of this remarkable man continue to inspire and fascinate people, even long after his time.

Hungry Lion died November 4, 1988 in Kaduna and was buried in his home town in Kogi.

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