- Charles Sogli's mother, Comfort Agbafufu, revealed that she gave birth to her son at 10 months
- Comfort Agbafufu disclosed that carrying Charles Sogli for 10 months was challenging, as she became bedridden after delivery at home
- Charles Sogli is the tallest man in the Volta Regional capital, Ho, with a known record of being 7 feet 10 inches tall
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Comfort Agbafufu, the mother of Charles Sogli, the tallest man in the Volta Region of Ghana, has shared how she endured a turbulent 10-month pregnancy.
According to Agbafufu, she experienced challenges during the pregnancy, with intermittent waist pain, starting soon after she gave birth to the now-giant.
Speaking with the Ghana News Agency (GNA), Charles Sogli's mother disclosed that carrying her son for 10 months was the most challenging for her, said gbcghanaonline.com.
Troubling pregnancy and a near-death delivery
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''... His pregnancy was troubling. I suffered a lot until the time was due. I birthed him at ten months ... In those days, hospitals were not common in our area so he was born at home. His head was forced out with hands and I see it as a miracle,'' she said.
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Following the birth of her son, Comfort Agbafufu recalls becoming bedridden for three months, as she nearly got paralysed due to the life-threatening delivery process, she told GNA.
According to her, Sogli's weight and distinct limps drew the awe of the townsfolk.
''He was huge, very huge. He was long. His fingers were thick and so when people came to see him, they expressed amazement at my ability to deliver him at home. People were scared."
''It was not easy carrying him as a baby. We had to use two cloths to strap him at the back,'' she recalled.
Agbafufu said though Charles was born with neither a disability nor medical condition, he took his first steps when he was about a year and a half old. [He was physically strong and ate a lot.]
Charles' father, Francis Agbafufu, described him as a ''miracle child'' with a positive attitude to work and life. He said Charles started sprouting at age three and was the only one in the family of seven with the special features.
The blessing and 'curse' of being a giant
Charles Sogli is generally seen in his hometown, Ziope, a farming community in the Agotime-Ziope District, as a ‘special’ child.
At 7 feet 10 inches tall, and with a foot size of about 16 inches, Charles dropped out of school early for lack of shoes of his size, and had taken up an apprenticeship in Ho city in the Volta Regional as a metal fabricator.
Now, the real challenge, for him, is the difficulty in boarding vehicles due to his height, as he strides along the streets of Ho to and from his place of apprenticeship.
Sogli will complete his apprenticeship next year and is hopeful of establishing a modern metal fabrication shop.
Ghanaian lecturer who makes smoothie bikes
In another story, a Ghanaian lecturer and entrepreneur, Kwadwo Asare Apori, envisions a future in which he is the main manufacturer and distributor of smoothie bikes across the nation.
Smoothie bikes are stationary bicycles that harness the cyclist's pedalling energy to mechanically power a blender with fruits to produce a drink.
The idea came to him to build smoothie bikes in November 2019 after seeing a picture of it in Australia, and he instantly became fascinated. He had enquired about the price and learned that one smoothie bike costs about $2,000.