“My wife saved my life” The story of how football legend Kanu Nwankwo struggled with heart problem


I know many Nigerians are still very familiar with this great footballer, he is no other person than the legend himself, Kanu Nwankwo, popularly called Papilo.

He is arguably the most successful Nigerian footballer ever. Over the years Kanu has won various awards and trophies mostly from playing for European clubs like, Inter millan, Ajax, and Arsenal.

We all know about his serious heart problem which were very threatening to his career, For example In 1996 Kanu had an open-heart surgery following a heart valve defect and the doctor told him he may never play football again.

The great player is happily married to Amarachi Kanu and their marriage is blessed with three adorable children.

Kanu made known to the public that his wife is to thank for the role she played in his recovery.

According to Kanu Nwankwo who said after a second heart surgery, his wife Amara observed that his heartbeat was not regular and she nursed him back to health.

Kanu came up with The Kanu Heart Foundation in 2000 to help children across Africa who are battling with heart problems.