Kanu Nwankwo is a Popular and celebrated Nigerian Born Footballer also known as Papillo was born on August 1, 1976. He is a retired Nigerian footballer, who was a member of and later the captain of the Nigerian National football team for 16 years from 1994-2010. Nwankwo Kanu is from Abia State of Nigeria.
Kanu began his career at Nigerian league club Federation Works, before moving to Iwuanyanwu Nationale. After a notable performance at the U-17 World Championships he was signed by Dutch Eredivisie AFC Ajax in 1993. He made his Ajax debut the following year and went on to score 25 goals in 54 appearances.
Kanu also came on as a sub in Ajax’s 1995 Champions League final win over AC Milan. In 1996, Ajax sold Kanu to Serie A side Internazionale for around $4.7 million that summer he captained the Nigerian team that won gold at the Olympics, and scored two late goals in the semi-finals against powerhouses Brazil to overturn a 2–3 scoreline into a 4–3 win in extra time. Kanu was also named African Footballer of the Year for that year
In 1996, he got a health scare when he discovered he had a heart defect. He thereafter underwent a successful heart surgery. In interviews, Kanu frequently cites his faith as a Christian, and has often mentioned this trying time of his career as an occasion when he prayed to God. This however led him to found a foundation called 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.
He is happily married to Amarachi and they are blessed with three Children; Two Boys and a Girl- Iyang Onyekachi Kanu, Sean Chukwudi Kanu and Pinky Amarachi Kanu. He got married to his wife in 2004 when Amarachi was just 18years old. They live together happily as they shuttle between Europe, America and Nigeria.