By Ngain Steve Jordan In Yaounde
Trailblazing Cameroonian former Heavyweight Wrestling Champion Mbeng Jacob Makia, better known in the ring as Super Makia who died two weeks ago has been buried.
The Wrestler passed away at the military hospital in Yaounde at the age of 61 after a short illness.
The short and muscular wrestler, who was one-time Third Vice President of the Cameroon Professional Wrestling Federation fought 86 times, registering 85 victories and a draw. Makia was Africa’s wrestling champion from 1986 till his retirement in 2014. He defeated giants like ‘’Big Bulu,’’ ‘’Ngamazine,’’ and ‘’Times Manodor.’’
Super Makia was born in 1958 in Kumba in the Meme Division of the South West Region of Cameroon, where he obtained his elementary school certificate. He moved to Nigeria and enrolled at the Lagos School of Sports as an amateur wrestler in 1974. He subsequently moved to Hong Kong where he fought as a professional wrestler for two years.
Several sympathisers have shown their concern towards the family of the wrestler. Cameroon’s Minister of Sports and Physical Education Narcisse Moelle Kombi, also expressed the regret in his heart for the loss.
“The brutal departure of this exceptional sportsperson is a big loss for our nation as well as for the young talents that he was building up” the Sports Minister said.
Popularly known as the Cameroonian Hercules, Super Makia emerged Heavyweight Champion of Africa in Lagos Nigeria against Times Man Udo in 1986, a title which he retained till 2014.
Makia was Laid to rest on Friday August 16, in the South West region in his Native Village, Kumba.
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