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Kanu Never Told Me I Was Called Igwe In Nigeria – Thierry Henry

Former Arsenal and France international striker, Thierry Henry was stunned about the viral nickname given to him by Nigerian fans.

Arsenal legend Thierry Henry has expressed surprise that he was nicknamed “Igwe,” meaning king, by Nigerian fans.

The former France striker said this during his visit to Nigeria over the weekend.

He was hailed “Igwe” by fans as he arrived the Landmark Centre Hall, Lagos, as a guest in the Guinness Made of Black campaign.

According to the former Barcelona star, his ex-teammate Kanu Nwankwo did not inform him he was dubbed such a name.

[Nwankwo] Kanu never told me, Henry said.

He also said that Kanu was the best African player he had played with due to his technical ability.

“First of all, let me say Lauren (Etame Mayer, former Cameroon international) was very good and I love Lauren to bits. But if you go down to technique, I have to give it to Kanu,” Henry confessed.

“It’s just the truth. Kanu was an underrated player, so humble, nice guy, everything about him was positive.

“We all know that famous turn (Kanu’s dribbling style) that he had, even watching him on television, I was learning (Kanu’s dribbling style). He was always good and a good guy, too.

“Like I said, if we go down to technique, Kanu was very good. Kolo Toure was very tough, Lauren had good technique too until he was moved to right-back.”


Thierry Henry who is in Lagos for the Guinness Made of Black programme has been crowned the, Igwe of football’ in Nigeria.

The Arsenal legend wore an Igbo attire as he was coronated at an event in Lagos – He is presently in the country to meet winners of the ‘Be a Front Row Fan’ Guiness made of black programme.

Henry who is in Lagos to meet the ‘Be a Front Row Fan’ winners; a consumer promotion of the company also watched the West Brom v Manchester United EPL game at Landmark Event Centre, Victoria Island, Lagos. Aside receiving the ‘igwe of football’ title, Henry also participated in the cooking of Jollof rice.

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