My encounter with ‘area boys’ at Lagos Airport —UFC star Isreal Adesanya


Nigeria-born Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) middleweight champion, Israel Adesanya has opened up on a touching encounter with area boys (street urchins) on arrival at the Lagos airport.

The UFC star who opened up in an interview with CNN said that he was greeted with cheers when he arrived at the Lagos airport by some area boys and was shocked with such warm recognition from them.

Adesanya who said that it was a fantastic experience for me to come to Nigeria also revealed how his parents rejected his decision to choose to become a UFC fighter before they later accepted his decision.

He said; “It was a fantastic experience for me to come to Nigeria, most especially when I stepped my feet at the Lagos airport. The area boys were just chanting my name and I was surprised how they recognized me. I was so excited.

“Initially it was very tough for my parent to support me but when they saw the passion in me they later gave me all their supports. Like you know, every parent wants their children to go to school and I understand that feeling. They wanted me to become a lawyer, doctor, or accountant but I choose this game,” Adesanya added.


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