Ooni Of Ife becomes patron of Kanu Heart Foundation.
Nigerian ex-international football star, Kanu Nwankwo, paid a courtesy visit to Ooni of Ife, Oba Babatunde Enitan Adeyeye Ogunwusi, in his palace in Ile-Ife, Osun State.
The purpose of Kanu’s visit to Ile-Ife, according to informed sources, is to make the king one of the patrons of his foundation.
The highly revered King, while addressing Nwankwo and his team in his palace, praised the ex-footballer’s lifesaving initiative through his foundation, Kanu Heart Foundation.
Ooni, in his declaration at the reception for Kanu and his entourage, said the two-time African footballer of the year award-winner had extended genuine love to many indigent people who otherwise would have died with their heart ailments.
“God is love and anyone who is able to show love to humanity has touched God,” he remarked.
Accepting his appointment as patron of the Kanu Heart Foundation, Oba Ogunwusi said he had followed the pre- and post-retirement lifestyle of the former Arsenal playmaker, saying he had been impressed with Kanu’s resolve to give back to the society.
“That is the purpose of God bestowing wealth to people in order to help the poor,” he said, as he relived some of the magical goals that made the former Super Eagles captain a brand around the world.
Kanu, who appreciated the king’s kind gesture, said he was impressed by the reception accorded him and his team.
“I will always remain grateful for your humility and open mind, Kabiyesi,” Kanu said.
Also commenting, the Coordinator of Kanu Heart Foundation, Onyebuchi Abia, disclosed that the foundation had carried out 562 open heart surgeries since inception in 2000.
Kanu and his entourage were welcomed and entertained with several troupes of traditional dancers at the palace before they were taken on tour of some historical and traditional sites in the ancient city.