Two paramount rulers from the South West geopolitical zone of Nigeria, His Imperial Majesty Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi (Ojaja II) and the Ooni of Ile Ife as well as the Olubadan of Ibadan and Aje Ogungunniso 1, Oba Saliu Adetunji have both pledged an unalloyed support to the Kanu Heart Foundation(KHF).
This much was the assurance from the two monarchs following a courtesy call by Ambassador Nwankwo Kanu in his drive to further seek support for the 18-year-old foundation that has assisted hundreds of children with heart related problems.
“ I’m so happy that the Ooni of Ife has gladly accepted to be the grand patron of Kanu Heart Foundation my courtesy call on him at his palace on Monday,” explained the former Super Eagles captain and Arsenal forward.“ This is no doubt a big achievement for KHF and I’m so happy that Oba Ogunwusi has pledged to support our charity projects. I’m so happy.”
*Kanu used the occasion of his visit to present branded Super Eagles’ shirt to the Ooni as well as the first jersey to be made for the forthcoming Ojaja Principal Cup to be competed for by secondary scool students in Ile-Ife and its environs.
Meanwhile, on his way back from Ile-Ife, Kanu also made a whistle stop in Ibadan to also enlist the support of the Olubadan and the Atlanta’96 Soccer Gold medal-winning captain of the national U-23 side described the occasion as a dream comes true.
He said: “ It was like using one stone to kill a bird for KHF because after meeting Oni in Ile-Ife, I was also with the Olubadan and I’m happy with the warm reception we also received in Ibadan and to have the endorsement of these two important traditional rulers for KHF is a big boost for us.
“ We are still going to reach out to other notable traditional rulers so that they too can support the good job we are doing at the KHF.”
In a related development, Kanu informed that arrangement are now at the advanced stage for the 2019 KHF Musical Concert to be stage on May 19th at the London Indigo Arena O2, adding the event would be witnessed by the crème de la crème of the Nigerian society.