Nwankwo Kanu
Non-Executive Director

Kanu Nwankwo, is a very well celebrated Nigerian born footballer, popularly known as Papillo. He was an active member of the Nigerian National football team "The Super Eagles" from 1994-2010, and eventually went on to captain the Senior National team of Nigeria, the Super Eagles. He has since retired from playing football.

A highly decorated footballer, Kanu began his career at the Nigerian league club Federation Works, before moving to Iwuanyanwu Nationale. In 1993, after a notable performance at the U-17 World Championships, he was signed by Dutch Eredivisie AFC Ajax. He made his debut a year after and scored 25 goals in 54 appearances. In 1996, he moved to the Serie A side Internazionale, in that same year, he captained the Nigerian National team that won the gold medal in football at the 1996 Olympics in the USA. He was also named the African Footballer of the Year in that year.

Kanu Nwankwo has won several medals including the UEFA Champions League medal, a UEFA Cup medal, three FA Cup Winners Medals, and two African Player of the Year awards among others. He is also one of the few players who have won the Premiere League, FA Cup, Champions League, UEFA Cup and an Olympic Gold Medal. Kanu played for and scored several goals with top clubs in the English Premier League football club sides including Arsenal, West Bromwich Albion and Portsmouth. He is a UNICEF ambassador. His kind heart and benevolent spirit led him to found the Kanu Heart Foundation; a non-governmental organization geared at helping young African children who suffer from heart defects and also to provide aid for homeless children. It is worthy to note that he has the Nigerian National award of Officer of the Order of the Niger (OON).

He is happily married to Amarachi and they are blessed with three Children.