Strongest Man In Kenya, Tiger Powers, Dies At 72
Strongest man in Kenya, Conrad Njeru Karukenya,AKA Tiger Power, dies at age 72 in Consolota Mission Hospital, Kyeni, Embu County on Tuesday night while receiving treatment.
He earned the title ‘Strongest Man In Kenya’ after he dared any African man to engage him in a strength contest and nobody accepted his dare. He has performed some extraordinary stunts such as breaking a six-inch nail with his teeth, carrying loads with his chest and many more.
Tiger Power discovered his extraordinary strength by accident when he was transporting his father’s coffee beans to the factory. He said in an interview:
As I was guiding the ox-cart carrying 2.1 tonnes of coffee downhill, the brakes failed. I guided it to the roadside and as I was lying on my back fixing the left wheel, the oxen unexpectedly pulled away running over my abdomen. Despite the heavy luggage, it did not hurt.
According to his brother Ansemoli Kathuri,
He has been battling different ailments since 2015, the reason he had to quit powerlifting. He has had kidney failure, lung and heart complications. However, when we were taking him to the hospital on Monday, he was still a man of strength. He even called his children alerting them that he was going to hospital.
Tiger Power’s popularity rose when he let a Land Rover roll over him unscathed. In different instances, he pulled stunts such as lifting eight huge men without much effort and pulling a car with his teeth.
At Kevote, Embu County, where he lived with his family, he was a household name for many years during Embu ASK shows.
He was awarded a Head of State Commendation by former president Mwai Kibaki. But it wasn’t all rosy for him as he once appealed for financial aid as he struggled to settle a Sh7,000 medical bill.