Kanu Nwankwo

GidiBorn football player, Kanu Nwankwo has joined the ranks of global figures whose stories have been immortalized on the silver screen, I’m talking about the likes of; Pele, Muhammed Ali, Mike Tyson….. But not only has Kanu joined the rank but he takes his up a notch as his feature is to be released simultaneously with his biography, after the World Cup in South Africa. Kanu considers this movie and book to be his heartfelt gift to Nigeria on her fiftieth anniversary

Press release

Titled Lion Heart: The Kanu Story, the movie is a documentary feature, directed by BBC London-trained Nigerian director Bayo Awolaja, and produced by Neil Oyenekan (Dragons Den Nigeria, Taking Sides, 2002, UK). The Executive Producers include Kanu Nwankwo, Lighthouse, IBST Media, Worldwide Management Ltd. and Connect Marketing. The movie is currently being filmed in Nigeria, London, Amsterdam, the USA, South Africa and India, and has a plot that chronicles Kanu’s inspiring rags to riches story from a unique perspective that delves into his journey into the world of soccer from his humble beginnings in Owerri, to his struggle with a near fatal heart condition at the peak of his football career, to his heart surgery in Cleveland, Ohio, and back to his tribulations and triumph at Arsenal, Ajax, Portsmouth etc. In addition to his exploits on the football pitch, the movie also unveils one of the most recognizable UNICEF ambassadors as a mentor, business man, husband, and friend. According to the Lighthouse Productions CCO, “ this film isn’t just about Kanu the footballer, we intend to reveal the Kanu story through interviews with all the world renowned players , coaches, administrators, including his wife, his child-hood friends, his doctors and those people that played very important roles in his life – it’s going to be a three dimensional documentation of Kanu’s story according to Kanu, his fans, and his critics too – it’s definitely going to be compelling and well –balanced, because we intend to highlight the challenges he’s encountered and how he overcame them, in order to inspire many young Africans with his exceptional story of hope, determination and success”

 Explaining the plot a step further, the film director, who used to work with BBC Wales, added that “it’s not just about Kanu and his story, but Lion Heart: The Kanu Story is a film with a strong message that will greatly touch audiences across the globe, because despite the fact that his role as a great sportsman is emphasized, yet the salient themes in the movie revolve around determination, overcoming tribulations, triumphing over life-threatening obstacles and circumstances in life to soar to heights of iconic greatness”

 Kanu expressed his excitement when he spoke about the project, saying, “I’m a very private person, but it has been a very interesting experience to watch my colleagues, team mates, coaches, doctors, fans, friends and family telling my story in a very passionate manner – this movie humbles me – I can see the aspects of my life that the world identifies with, and it’s not easy to open up your life to the world, but then it is very noble to do so in order to inspire those who wish to do the things you have done – at least so that they can see how you did it”

 But why do we have to wait until after the World Cup to see this movie? And to this Kanu replied, “the producers have been working tirelessly for a very long time now, but I believe this World Cup should be part of the film, whether I play or not, I definitely want the experience to be part of the film…”

Lion Heart: The Kanu Story is scheduled for a global premiere in September, but so far the film parades an excellent cast of renowned footballers from some of the teams Kanu Nwankwo has played for, alongside coaches, and revered FIFA officials, all passionately telling the story of a true African icon in more than 4 languages.

An official movie trailer, posters, and snippets from the projects have been scheduled to be leaked to the media soon. Also, an interactive website is also in the works, and fans can participate in fun trivia for a chance to win a front row seat at the London premiere of the movie, with lots of other interesting goodies.




Chelsea proved exactly why they are considered the favourites for the title this season as they maintained their impressive recent record against Arsenal to claim a 2-0 win in the Premier League this evening.

Carlo Ancelotti’s Blues poured on the misery for an Arsenal side that have only managed two wins from the last 15 encounters between the two London rivals as a Didier Drogba strike and an own goal from Thomas Vermaelen settled the match at the Emirates Stadium.

In a meeting between the Premier League’s strongest attack and meanest defence, Arsenal had been on the front foot during the opening exchanges and had been taking the game to their west London counterparts.

It was Chelsea, however, who were presented with the first chance of the match after 18 minutes as Frank Lampard, passed fit to play despite concerns over a thigh injury, put Nicolas Anelka into the clear but Bacary Sagna tracked back to get in the vital challenge just as his international compatriot was about to pick his spot.

There were suspicions that Sagna had hauled Anelka to the ground in the process of making the crucial tackle although none of the Chelsea players appeared to appeal for the penalty as Lampard fired wide from the follow-up.

It would take 24 minutes before Arsenal created their first real opening as Samir Nasri drove forward before hitting a low shot from just outside the box. It was a decent effort from the 22-year-old but a lack of real power ensured Petr Cech made a comfortable save.

Despite a distinct lack of genuine efforts on goal, Chelsea grabbed the initiative when Drogba scored the opening goal of the game to continue his imperious record against Arsene Wenger’s side. A smart finish into the net via crossbar and post made it nine in his last nine outings against the Gunners following good work down the left from Ashley Cole.

Just two minutes later and the Blues had opened up a two goal lead as the unfortunate Vermaelen put through his own net. Ex-Gunner Cole was again the provider as his accurate cross was delivered into a really dangerous area and the Belgian international, undoubtedly worried by Drogba’s presence in the box, diverted the ball past Manuel Alumnia for 2-0 Chelsea.

Wenger made the decision to bring on Theo Walcott at half-time in an attempt to inject a bit of pace into his side and Arsenal were a little unlucky not to have reduced the arrears almost immediately after the break when Andrei Arshavin had a goal chalked off after an alleged foul by Eduardo on Cech.

The Czech Republic goalkeeper had initially saved well at the feet of Eduardo although as Cesc Fabregas played the ball back into the area, the Croatian forward was adjudged by referee Andre Marriner to have kicked the ball from Cech’s grasp before Arshavin slammed the ball into the net past a ruckus of Chelsea players on the line.

Chelsea nearly increased their lead with what would have proved a somewhat fortuitous goal on 64 minutes. Drogba got the ball onto his right foot before shooting from just outside the box although the former Marseille star’s effort was deflected first off William Gallas and then off Lampard’s chest to force Almunia into a smart save low down to his right.

Arsenal continued to press and probe for a way back into the match although Chelsea effectively put the game to bed with a terrific free-kick from Drogba.

The 31-year-old claimed his second of the match on 86 minutes as he dispatched a stunning strike into the corner of the net from around 25-yards out to increase Chelsea’s lead at the top of the Premier League to five points ahead of Manchester United in second place.





Nigeria’s  Super Eagles team just qualified for the 2010 World Cup after defeating Kenya’s Harambee Stars 3-2.

Although Nigeria got off to a nervous start as  Kenya’s Denis Oliech was the first to score thereby ending the first half with 1-nil,we still came out victorious.

Obafemi Martins equalized 62 minutes into the second half and Yakubu Aiyegbeni netted again just 3 minutes later, this 2 goals angered the Kenyan fans and they decided to start throwing bottles and other things on the pitch hence bringing the game to a halt for a couple of minutes.

The Harambee starts still didnt give up as Alla Wetende equalized with just 11 minutes left into the game but trust,Obafemi martins saved the day netting his second goal at 83 minutes

And there u have it—>See you at the world cup!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!




Two giants, Africa’s leading integrated telecoms operator, Globacom Limited, and the world’s richest club, Manchester United of England, have signed a five-year sponsorship contract.
The two giants will unveil the partnership deal to the world press at Old Trafford on November 6.
Through the partnership deal, the telecommunications giant, reputed as Africa’s biggest supporter of football, will provide a unique chance for West African cadets to have an international exposure to top of the range training facilities at the Manchester United Soccer Academy.
The deal confers on both partners the right of association in three countries, namely Nigeria, Ghana and Benin Republic.
Globacom’s Group Executive Director, Mr. Paddy Adenuga, described the partnership as consistent with the company’s leading role in creating opportunities for African youths to give expression to their football talents.
Expatiating on why his company entered into the alliance with Manchester United, Adenuga said: “At Globacom, we have consistently played a leading role in identifying opportunities and providing platforms for positive transformation of youths through football. This new partnership with the world’s most famous football club will no doubt give impetus to the quest by kids in Nigeria, Ghana and Benin Republic to become world stars.”
In addition to the youth development programme, the deal also has a dream package for the millions of Manchester United Football Club fans in the three countries that will enjoy all expenses paid trips to Old Trafford to watch 14 live matches of the Premiership, FA Cup and UEFA Champions League.
Adenuga also stated: “Globacom will continue to explore opportunities to satisfy the people’s deep passion for football and we believe that we can enrich such experience by making it possible for fans to meet their club heroes and watch them play.”
Manchester United Football Club fans who are Glo Mobile subscribers in the three countries will receive regular updates on their favourite team and players.
Globacom which started operations in 2003 is Africa’s fastest growing telecoms network.
It has connected over 28 million subscribers in Nigeria and Benin Republic. Its Ghana network is billed for launch before the end of 2009.
Propelled by its vision to be the biggest and best telecommunications network in Africa, Globacom has since commencing operations taken the lead in bringing the benefits of modern technological innovations, ranging from per second billing and GPRS to Blackberry and 3G plus high speed internet to the people.
It has also through its highly affordable pricing forced down the cost of telephone services in the markets where it operates.
Its most recent accomplishment is the landing of the gigantic trans-Atlantic Glo 1 submarine cable which links Africa to Europe and America with incredible bandwidth. The telecoms giant said Glo 1 will bring a new wave of prosperity to Africa.
Globacom is also involved in community development in its areas of operation, including sports sponsorship. It is the sponsor of the premier league and national football teams in both Nigeria and Ghana.
It is also the sponsor of the CAF Awards for the past four years and the Glo Lagos International Half Marathon for the past three years.





News just reached us a GidiNoize that the Everton Football player,Joseph Yobo recently proposed to Former Most Beautiful Girl In Nigeria, Adaeze Igwe.

The 2 who happen to both be in the Limelight had been dating for a while now but had been denying it until April this year (2009) at Rita Dominic’s birthday where they finally admitted to it.

Adaeze Igwe who was initailly meant to go to University Of Abuja got admission into UCLA and decided to go there hence traveling preparations and all were being made.

Unknowing to Adaeze,Joseph had other plans for her.Just before her departure at the airport(YES AT THE AIRPORT),Joseph Yobo went down on one knee and proposed,the excited but shocked ex-queen allowed him slip the ring on her finger and agreed to marry him with tears running down her face(awwww!!).

Wedding Bells will soon be ringing so for those who know the couple,get your money ready for the ASO-EBI and what not!

Congratulations Joseph and Adaeze.