Nigeria’s ‘tallest’ man Afeez Agoro dies at 47

Nigeria’s ‘tallest' man Afeez Agoro

Actor and model Afeez Oladimeji, previously recognised as Nigeria’s tallest man, has died at the age of 47.

Chairman of Akoka CDA Segun Adesanya where Oladimeji popularly known as Agoro lived, confirmed the development on Thursday.

He said: “Afeez Agoro lives on Community Road and it’s sad we lost a promising young man. May his soul rest in peace.”

According to reports, Agoro was rushed to a hospital on Wednesday after developing health complications following hip surgery.

On May 28, he announced in his last Facebook post that he had a successful surgery.

“Thank God Almighty for a successful operation now it’s time for therapy,” he wrote.

Earlier in May, he solicited N5 million from the public for his chronic hip arthritis treatment, which would see his ball and socket joint replaced.

Agoro, who discovered at 19 that he had acromegaly, known commonly as gigantism, had said the money would help to take care of his operation and therapy.

According to the University of Lagos-schooled actor, the ailment was challenging and had left him bedridden for months.

Agoro was previously recognised as the tallest man in Nigeria. At 2.25 metres (7 ft 5 in), he stood shorter than his 2.41 metres (7 ft 11 in) compatriot, Abiodun Adegoke, who is likely the tallest man in Nigeria.

The former model was born in Sabo Yaba, Lagos State on December 13, 1975.

In 2019, Agoro was alleged to have married a woman with whom he wore the same attire in a photograph shared on social media. The duo posed for the camera and laughed heartily.

But he told PUNCH that the rumour was false.