Dignitaries and ex-football stars ready to ‘walk with Kanu’

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Nigerian top dignitaries and over 2,000 people are expected to take part in the “Abuja March with Kanu Nwankwo (Papilo) to Make Your Heart Beat” on World Heart Day on Wednesday, September 29, 2021 with the former star of Super Eagles and Arsenal in the lead.

The “Abuja Walk with Kanu Nwankwo” billed for Nigeria’s capital, Abuja, is part of Kanu’s efforts to educate people living with various heart conditions through his foundation, the Kanu Heart Foundation, KHF.

In 1996, after signing for Italian club Inter Milan, it was discovered that Kanu had a heart defect that needed surgery. Although the operation was a success, there were concerns that he would no longer play professional football. But Papilo made a full recovery and moved on to top-level football and won several laurels with top European clubs, including England’s Arsenal FC.

Kanu then established the Kanu Heart Foundation (KHF), a non-profit, non-governmental organization founded to help needy Nigerian children with heart disease get life-saving surgeries inside and outside Nigeria.

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Speaking at a press conference in Abuja on Saturday evening, the Chairman of the Local Organizing Committee (LOC), Mr. Muhammed Mustapha, said that the “Abuja March with Kanu Nwankwo (Papilo) to fight the heart “would be attended by the Inspector General of Police officers, Nigerian celebrities, football legends, comedians, as well as government officials.

According to Mustapha, “it’s not just a walk for Kanu. It’s a walk for ourselves, the more we walk the better for our hearts.

“The purpose of the Walk with Kanu is to improve awareness and response to the need to protect and care for our hearts.”

“Abuja Walk With Kanu” is an event to commemorate World Heart Day celebrated around the world and will start with the Office of the Inspector General of Police, through routes through the Federal Secretariat, High Court / Abia House , Intel Junction, AP Plaza, CAC, INEC Office and Transcorp Hilton as an endpoint.

Celebrities expected at the World Heart Day event include actress Tonto Dikeh, Cubana Chief Priest, Abbeh Abuede, Tijani Babangida, Daniel Amokachi, Emmanuel Emenike, Victor Ikpeba, Dare Art Alade, among others.

By Richard Jideaka, Abuja

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