Sulemana Abdul Samed, from Ghana, has a rare condition called gigantism that makes him a nominee for the title of the world's tallest man.
Standing at 7 feet 4 inches, Samed is shorter than the current Guinness record holder, who is 8 feet 2.8 inches tall.
Accurate measurement of Samed's height has been difficult due to the lack of proper tools at local hospitals.
A BBC journalist traveled to Samed's village with a 16-foot measuring tape but struggled to find a wall tall enough to measure him.
Eventually, a building was found that was tall enough, and it was determined that Samed's height was shorter than the current record holder.
Despite this, Samed is hopeful that he will eventually reach the same height as the current record holder.
Samed's gigantism causes him to tower above houses in his neighborhood and have trouble finding shoes in his size.
A nurse at a local hospital was shocked to see Samed grow taller than the measuring scale.
A hospital in northern Ghana previously estimated Samed's height at 9 feet 6 inches, but this was proven to be incorrect.