By Kesah Princely & Regis Che
Renowned Cameroonian Wrestler, Mbeng Jacob Makia, better known in the ring as Super Makia is no more.
The all-time best African Champion died Thursday August 1, at the Yaounde Military Hospital after a brief illness, the Cameroon Wrestling Federation has announced. In his entire career as a wrestler, the 61 year-old stepped into the ring 87 times, registering 86 victories and a draw.
Some of his most intriguing bouts were against “Big Bulu,” “Ngamazine,” and “Times Manodor.” One of his most ultimate battles was in Yaounde against four-time world champion, Austrian born Chris “Bambi Killer” Reaber, where Makia emerged victorious. The Yaounde Sport Complex clash which took place in 2014 marked the end of his 28 year-long career.
Super Makia was born in Kumba, Meme Division of Cameroon’s South West region. It is unclear whether his mortal remains will be conveyed to Kumba for burial, given that the area has been a battle ground for the country’s military and Ambazonia fighters. Caskets containing corpses of some Cameroonians, mostly Anglophones, have often been intercepted by Ambazonian fighters.