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Killi-we the Igbo superman that lifted busses.

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The Nigerian “superman,” Killi-We Nwachukwu, was celebrated for more than two decades as a homegrown superman. Lifting buses, having cement blocks crushed on his head, and allowing cars to drive over his body are some of his legendary feats of strength.

Killi-we Nwachukwu
Killi-we Nwachukwu

Nwachukwu Nwozuzu was born in the early 30s, he hails from Amaegbu Ogwa, Mbaitolu LGA in Imo state.

I know you have been wondering about the name “Killi We,” it was a nickname he got after a fight with a stubborn man called “Tick man” who refused to pay him his money for a truckload of goods conveyed from the market to the man’s home. As of then, he used to push a wooden two-wheel truck with which he carried goods for people. Then, Truck vehicles weren’t around, or the few that were around were not affordable. So, after dropping off the goods, the man would not pay what Nwachukwu charged claiming because, according to him, the price was too high. He tried walking away, and Nwachukwu grabbed him by the hand, insisting that he must pay, it ensued into a fight, and he pinned the man to the ground. The man’s wife ran inside the house and came out with a wooden pestle to assist her husband, but Nwachukwu overpowered her and snatched it from her, lifted the woman, and pinned her on top of her husband on the floor. While she is powerless, she started screaming, “Killi We Nwachukwu, Killi we Nwanchukwu” meaning, Nwachukwu, kill us! And that’s how he got the name killi-we.



 

Killi-we Nwachukwu
Killi-we Nwachukwu

Some Nigerians confirmed and spoke about him. Someone said.
“He existed. Back in the eighties, he came to our school; we paid 50 Kobo to watch him. He carried ten bags of cement on his stomach and tugged a 504 Peugeot SR with a rope on his teeth.”

The story also had it that when he died, his body was deposited in Aladinma mortuary and that in the night, he will carry all other corpses and stretch himself on them. He continued this until the morgue rejected him. He was real.

Another person said, “I remember hearing stories about Giant Alakuku as a child. But I don’t recall ever seeing him.”

Another said, “I remember Killiwe. He was a fat dude and used to tour the country performing stunts like grabbing cars by the bumper and preventing it from moving as someone stepped on the pedal.”

There’s a Seven-Seven song about Killiwe
“Killiwe Nwaozize Nwachukwu, Abeg make you help me carry my load”


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Francis Chidera
the authorFrancis Chidera
Popularly known as Chokolate is a content creator. A lover of simplified words making it easy to get to a wider audience. It pains to see that Africans are forgetting and neglecting who they are, hence, I am passionate about reminding us of our culture. I work with 54history on the African culture category, to achieve this aim.

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