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“Why I married Kanu Nwankwo when I was only 18 years” – Amara Nwankwo

Amara Nwankwo : Married to Super Eagles’ Nwankwo Kanu, Amara talks about marriage, motherhood and her other interests…. You got married to one of Nigeria’s star players at 18. How were you able to keep the family and home together at the time? Marriage is a growth process and I learn on a daily basis. I got married as a teenager. I was young. I think I jumped into the deep end and I simply went with it. It takes a lot of determination to keep things going because irrespective of your age, marriage throws a lot of curves at you.


The main thing is being able to bounce back after being hit with a surprise or what you do not expect.

Did you harbour any doubts about your marriage?

I wasn’t scared; I felt it like it was the best thing that could have happened to me. I was in love, so there was no time for a negative feeling like fear to come up.

I think the love I had and still have for my husband was all I needed to feel comfortable and good.

How did you adjust to being married to a popular personality?

When I was getting married, I was not ready to be thrust into the limelight. I didn’t even know what I was getting into.

I wasn’t a football fan and I knew nothing about the Premiership. I didn’t know I was getting married into that level of limelight as I was young, vibrant and in love. I am now a football fan.



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