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#WakeupNigeria: ‘I mind my business to save my marriage’ – Kanu Nwankwo’s wife


Wife of former Nigerian national captain, and Premiership footballer Kanu Nwankwo, Amara Kanu, on Wednesday revealed how she has been able to stay married till date. During the #WakeupNigeria show she said, ”I try to mind my business, I don’t mingle into his business and besides, I was very young so all we discuss often times were just marriage and family issues not football or business issue”.

The mother three who launched her fitness book 2 weeks ago in London shared her tips on self love. she said: ”I found out there were other women like me – women working full time, managing their homes and family, all seeking a healthy lifestyle but no self love, So I felt, you must love yourself first before you can achieve anything.

This should be an obviously reason why she began her health and wellbeing group- AK Healthy, where she mentors other women looking to live a more healthy and meaningful life. “It’s more of a lifestyle really, than just exercising,” she says. “My clients start their

day with AK healthy in the morning. I’m responsible for waking a group of women up every day, and then we meditate for 30 minutes. You have to look after yourself and your own mind first before you can look after others.”


As women, we’re busy making a home, a career, and living busy lives, so it’s really important for us to look after ourselves. You can’t take yourself for granted because when you invest in yourself everybody around you will benefit.”

Her marriage to the Kanu at a very young age has been a whirlwind of sorts. She credits this for making her ‘grow’ and ‘blossom’ during the #WakeupNigeria show. “That really was the beginning of my journey. I got married really young at the age of 18, I didn’t know the depth of what I was getting myself into. Not long after our wedding, we moved to the UK and then I had my first son 9 months afterwards. I mean, I was just a young girl from Jos, who’d been suddenly thrown into the limelight and this fast paced world married to a professional footballer.”

“My healthy living journey actually began about 10 years ago, but after my husband had open heart surgery in 2014 and I nursed him back to health, I knew I had to document everything I had done to get us to that stage.” She said she convinced Kanu to “get his heart checked out as I could physically hear his heartbeat.”  Thanks to her intuition, Kanu, who’s now retired, was flown to the US for corrective heart surgery in good time and has made a full recovery since. Would she say she saved his life? “I would say I helped to detect the condition early, and that could potentially have saved his life because lifestyle choices really matter and going into surgery, if you’re not fit and healthy, this may affect the outcome of the surgery or even the decision to operate at all.”

She says sheer discipline and practicing mindfulness techniques got her through what was a very difficult time for the family. “I’m very good at managing stress, hence why I’ve written ‘Healthy Living with Amara Kanu’.

With chapters on ‘Discipline’, ‘Self-love’, ‘Dieting’ and meditation, the book is packed with tips from what to eat to how to ‘snap back’ after child birth and how to remain positive throughout your journey. There’s also a daily step by step visual exercise guide readers can tear out for exercise inspiration.

What makes this book special is the personal tone that Amara brings to each chapter. From tips on how to be disciplined, and positive affirmation; she walks you through each step to getting a healthier, fitter you as a partner- rather than just a teacher. The book is also beautifully designed and well thought out as she draws lessons from her own past experiences to show the reader nothing is impossible when you put your mind to it.









“I’m really happy I was able to express myself in this book. I hope it helps people see the bigger picture, and be thankful for what you have. I’ve gone through a lot of incubated growth process and now I’m ready to blossom.”

I started practicing self love at an early stage. I set out guideline on how you love your self.

Amara Nwankwo got married in 2004 to the football star Kanu Nwankwo at the age of 18-years old and has ever since been basking in the success of her marriage.

The football star’s wife has a first degree in Architecture and graduated just before she had her daughter. She also had some experience working with some of the best architectural firms in London.

The couple celebrated their 12th anniversary in June. Amara stunned in a beautiful blue dress for her book launch.

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