Super Eagles Legend Nwankwo Kanu Becomes Homeless? Here Are Facts to Know

Super Eagles Legend Nwankwo Kanu Becomes Homeless? Here Are Facts to Know

  • The claim that former Super Eagles star Nwankwo Kanu has become homeless, as seen in a viral video, is false
  • The origin of the video was traced to two YouTube videos, while the image was traced to Alamy
  • Kanu recently shared an invitation for charity matches and presently has a four-year ambassadorial deal with Sportsbet.io

Legit.ng journalist Bada Yusuf is an accomplished politics and current affairs editor, boasting over seven years of experience in journalism and writing.

The alleged viral video of a former Super Eagles legend, Nwankwo Kanu, becoming homeless after his illustrious football career has been confirmed fake.

In a recent TikTok video by Yaw Blaq, the former Super Eagles captain was said to have gone broke and become homeless.

The video that Kanu Nwankwo, the former Super Eagles captain, has gone broke and poor, is false.
Claims that Nwankwo Kanu has gone broke debunked. Photo Credit: Getty Images
Source: Getty Images

Yaw Blaq merged two images in the video with the caption:

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Details of video alleging Kanu is broke

One of the images showed Kanu in action during his Super Eagles days, while the second depicted him sitting on the floor and begging on the street.

The background of the first image featured three cars and a house, with the amount '$950 million' written at the top.

The second image, titled "Broke," was created to depict the alleged sad state of the former Nigerian international.

According to Dubawa, a fact-checking organisation, the video went viral on Facebook and blogs, claiming Kanu went broke following his alleged affairs with a South African lady.

Nwankwo Kanu is not broke

However, findings about the Super Eagles legend showed he is not homeless, as claimed. A check on Kanu's recent posts on Instagram and X showed that he shared an invitation video to fans about an upcoming Charity Champions Cup by Atton Foundation.

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Dubawa further disclosed that Kanu is the current chairman of Enyimba FC in Abia state and currently has a four-year ambassadorial deal with a crypto sports betting platform, Sportsbet.io.

Origin of photos, video alleging Kanu is poor

Meanwhile, Dubawa traced the origin of the video to two YouTube videos. The videos used photo collages as thumbnails and were titled "5 Nigerian Footballers Who Went Broke After Making Millions."

Thumbnails are reduced-size images used in preview for video content. Content creators often use the feature to lure viewers to click on their videos.

Also, Dubawa revealed that the image has been overused and has lost its metadata. After zooming out the picture, the "Alamy" watermark was on the image.

A keyword search on their website revealed the original version of the picture. It was captioned "Black homeless beggar, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA."

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Finidi George appointed as Super Eagles coach

Legit.ng earlier reported that the NFF explained why it appointed the former Nigerian winger Finidi George as the head coach of the Super Eagles.

The governing board described Finidi George as an achiever who has won gold, silver, and bronze in his career.

Interest in the former Super Eagles winger began to arise when he won the Nigeria premier league title with Eyimba in 2023.

Source: Legit.ng

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Bada Yusuf (Politics and Current Affairs Editor) Yusuf Amoo Bada is an accomplished politics and current affairs editor, boasting over 7 years of experience in journalism and writing. He is a graduate of OAU, and holds Diploma in Mass Comm. and BA in Literature in English. He has obtained certificates in Leadership and received the "Certificate for Breakthrough of the Year 2022" in recognition of his great performance during his first year at Legit.ng. Worked as Editor with OperaNews. Contact: bada.yusuf.amoo@corp.legit.ng or call 08161717844

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