- A Nigerian 200 level medical student, Christian Chukwubuikem Okechukwu, from Imo state is a great contortionist whose body craft would impress many
- Okechukwu said he has been making body contortions since the young age of 8 and was once misdiagnosed by a doctor because of his rare flexibility
- The medical student said he has not suffered any body damage since he has been in the athletic profession
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A Nigerian youth Christian Chukwubuikem Okechukwu dubbed "Rubber boy" is on course to become a flexible medical doctor.
The 23-year-old who hails from Ihitte Uboma in Imo state has been a contortionist for over 10 years now.
He discovered he had a great deal of extreme physical flexibility and could bend and twist his body into unnatural positions at the age of 8.
Since then, he has had performances and exhibitions in many states to the admiration of crowds and has a growing fan base.
The naturally-talented contortionist earned the nickname "Rubber boy" from friends when he acrobatically bent in half, folding his spinal cord in the process, and returned to his original human position, all within two minutes.
When quizzed if there has been any side-effect on his body since he began contorting, Okechukwu told YEN.com.gh regional correspondent, Duru Victor, that he has never had any course to visit the hospital arising from injuries suffered while performing, neither has he ever experienced health complications post-performances.
"I've heard people say I'm double-jointed. A doctor once alleged I suffered from Ehlers Danlos Syndrome but I laugh it all off as my extreme physical flexibility ability has never landed me in a hospital.
"I don't know of any drug that induces flexibility. I've always been healthy and haven't fractured any bone or any muscle in that regard.
"My mum isn't a fan of my contortion as she says it scares her. Though my dad encourages me but he fears it may have a negative effect on me in my old age but my talent is innate and not a result of deformity - it's a blessing."
Okechukwu from a family of 5 is a 200 level medicine and surgery student of Alex Ekwueme Federal University, Ebonyi state, and nurses high hopes of someday becoming the first flexible doctor in the world.
Meanwhile, YEN.com.gh earlier reported about a gifted young contortionist identified on Facebook as Dantala Vanshali Philex.
The pretty lady has made a bit of a reputation for herself owing to the marvellous ways her body can twist and turn.
She often times posts photos of her display on her page to the joy of her fans.
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