Face2Face Africa has complied list of some of Africa’s tallest men.
From time immemorial, there exist stories of men and women who grew above the normal human height — a phenomenon that has attracted several scientific terms, such as pituitary gigantism, eunuchoid tallness, acromegaly, and Sotos syndrome, just to name a few. And while we know of the world’s tallest living man, Sultan Kösen, what of Africa’s tallest men? Here is a list of some of Africa’s tallest men.
Known in public circles as “agoro,” Hafiz is considered the tallest man in Nigeria at the moment. Exceeding the average Nigerian height of 5 feet 4 1⁄2 inches by far, Hafiz remains a sight to see in his homeland of Nigeria. He resides in Akoka, a suburb of Yaba in Lagos State.
With a height of 6 feet 7 inches, Derrick (as he chooses to be called) is arguably the tallest living man in Ghana. Being a high school graduate, Derrick is a member of the Hoops Care International Basketball Team in Cape Coast. As a basketball player, he is said to be a quiet, reserved individual who rarely visits public places.
Born in Somalia, 41-year-old Hussein Mohamed Bisad is the tallest man in Somalia and also one of the tallest in the world. Being 7 feet 8.5 inches tall, in 2002, Bisad spoke optimistically about earning a distinction in the book of “Guinness World Records.” “I’m still growing and getting taller every year,” he boasted in an interview with a local newspaper that was documented by the BBC.
Suspected to be the tallest man in Kenya, 52-year-old Father of four Jackson Kipkirui Koskei never escapes the stares and gossips of onlookers who are amazed by his gigantic stature.
“One of the doctors who took my measurements suggested to his colleagues that they should inform the record keepers. He said he believed my height was unique in the country,” Koskei told The Standard in an interview.
Despite his death in January 2012, Mounir Fourar remains Algeria’s tallest man with aheight of 7 feet 3 inches. Just as most of the world’s tallest men, Fourar is reported to have suffered from acromegaly gigantism at the tender age of 12, a development which saw him undergo five operations at a hospital in Algiers just so he could stop his unusual growth.