Man who Lived in Bushes, Ate Grasses Now Rolls in Suits and Treated Like Celebrity in the City

Man who Lived in Bushes, Ate Grasses Now Rolls in Suits and Treated Like Celebrity in the City

  • A young man, Nsanzimana Elie, was living in the jungle and due to his looks, he was the target of bullying in his village, with people calling him a monkey
  • Elie's mother said he was the answer to her prayers after losing all her first five children and is not ashamed of him
  • After his story was aired in February, he made headlines and attracted massive support from well-wishers

About nine months ago, a story of a 21-year-old man Nsanzimana Elie from the Southern province of Rwanda was aired on the country's Afrimax television.

Elie who had lived in the bushes was dubbed gorilla or monkey by people due to his appearance.

Nsanzimana Elie. Photo: Afrimax TV.
Nsanzimana Elie nine months ago when he used to live in the jungle. Photo: Afrimax TV.
Source: UGC

Elie's fortune has now changed after receiving overwhelming help from well-wishers.

Only son

Elie was born in 1999 after his mum lost her first five children.

Read also

Nigerian man facing challenges in his business gets big generator gift from his wife, flaunts it on the net

PAY ATTENTION: Install our latest app for Android, read best news on Nigeria’s #1 news app

In a media interview, his mum said Elie was the answer to her prayers after giving up hope that she would ever have children.

She prayed to God to bless her with a child that could live even if it meant a disabled one.

"Elie is my sixth child. His five children have all died. After the death of his elders, we were desperate. We prayed to God to get another kid and fortunately, we were blessed with Elie. Now I cherish him as heaven's gift from God and love him enormously," her mother said.

At birth, Elie's mother said she knew he would be different as he had an abnormally small head and unusual facial features.

He was later discovered to be non-verbal and had learning disabilities.

Growing up

Initially, his mother said he was unable to attend school due to learning difficulties and inability to communicate with other people.

Read also

Photos of hardworking 15-year-old boy who fixes nails for women, says he wants to be independent

She said doctors told her the boy's intellectual capacity cannot allow him to concentrate in class but he can acquire surviving knowledge.

While growing up, the mother said he spent a lot of his time in the bush and would feed on grass.

The mother said he would chase after him every evening to bring him home as he spent all day running through the jungle.

She said he did not like food and days would pass without him eating.

"He simply likes bananas and fresh foods and it is not easy to provide the basic needs for both of us," she said.

Further, she said that her son was afraid of people and would run away from them. Sometimes, the mother said she had to tie him with ropes to contain him.

Nsanzimana Elie. Photo: Afrimax TV.
Nsanzimana Elie after receiving help from well-wishers. Photo: Afrimax TV.
Source: UGC

Called names

Elie's mother said she was always heartbroken when neighbours insulted his son, calling him a monkey, gorilla and other unpleasant names.

Read also

3 ways Nigerian men reacted when they saw their wives just gave birth, 1 wanted to run to Benin Republic

"Whenever I hear someone bullying, insulting or beating him, it really gives me a heart attack. My kid is innocent, he never does harm to anyone and I sometimes lose my temper when people call him animal and not treating him like a human being," she added.

Now a superstar

Months later, the story of Elie has changed. After his story was aired, he made headlines and attracted massive support from well-wishers.

The donors built them a new house and furnished it.

Elie won many hearts. He is now a superstar and roles in suits and designer clothes.

He now has a lot of fans who, whenever he is on the road, strive to take pictures with him.

He was enrolled in school and is now learning how to stay with people after spending a lot of time in the forest.

Boy who lived in village and ate grasses gets furnished house

Read also

People gave up hope: Nigerian man rejected by many hospitals recovers, set to wed lady who stayed with him

Meanwhile, previously reported that the boy who ate grasses had been gifted a furnished house.

This is courtesy of the same humanitarian foundation named Afrimax that had paid him and his mum a visit in a video that went viral.

In the heartwarming video shared on Instagram by @kingtundeednut, the mum couldn't believe her eyes as they were presented with a new well-furnished 3-bedroom bungalow and wads of cash.

Reacting to the developments, the mother of the disabled child said it was the happiest moment of their lives as they hadn't been stunned this way before.


Online view pixel