NBA Champion Didier Mbenga ‘dwarfs’ Kufuor and Rawlings

Many were of the conviction, former President John Agyekum Kufuor is arguably one of the tallest persons in the country considering his stature until an image of him and NBA Champion, Didier Mbenga surfaced on social media.

Didier affectionately called  “D. J.” Ilunga-Mbenga is a Belgian-Congolese professional basketball player was recently in Ghana and paid courtesy calls on former Presidents John Agyekum Kufuor and Jerry John Rawlings respectively.

Images, however, emerging from their separate meetings saw the basketball star dwarfing both former presidents has observed.

Mbenga was born and raised in Kinshasa, Zaire, now known as the Democratic Republic of the Congo, where his father was a government employee. When a new regime took over power, it sought out everyone who worked for the previous leader. As unrest in the country escalated, Mbenga and his family were imprisoned.While his father was eventually unable to save himself, he did manage to negotiate on behalf of his wife and son, as Mbenga and his mother escaped the nation and were given asylum in Belgium. While living in a refugee center, he was discovered by Belgian basketball legend Willy Steveniers, who eventually served as Mbenga’s personal basketball mentor.  He is 7 feet 0 in (2.13 m) tall and ‎255 lb (116 kg) in weight

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