The burial of madam Susan Nwannediya Kanu Ikeme (Udonachi Ora), the mother of Nigeria football legend, Kanu Nwankwo will take place on Saturday, 3rd December, 2016 in Amannagwu, Arochukwu Local Government Area of Abia State.
Late madam Susan popularly called Mama Kanu died on the 7th of September 2016 at the age of 82 years.
According to the Chairman Burial Committee, Pastor Onyebuchi Abia, the two-day funeral arrangement will begin on Friday, December 2nd when the body of the deceased in expected to leave Aladinma Hospital Mortuary, Owerri for her home town in Arochukwu by 9am while the service of songs and wake-keep will hold at her residence the same day by 6 pm.
The funeral service will then hold on Saturday at Presbyterian Church of Nigeria, Amannagwu-Arochukwu, while internment follows after service at her residence. The reception will hold at Aggrey School ground and family residence in Amannagwu.
Abia who is also the Co-ordinator of the Kanu Heart Foundation informed SportingLife that four governors, senators, ministers, football legends from other countries, ex-players, coaches, members of the Nigeria Football Federation and other football stake holders are expected to grace the occasion.
“We are expecting a large turnout for the burial of Kanu’s mother. We have been receiving calls and request from the high and mighty in the country including politicians, football stake holders and ex-internationals who wants to play one part or the other in the burial plan. For Kanu, the woman is responsible for what he is today. The woman always call him Onyinyechi, ‘Gift from God” and we see that manifest in the life of the legendary player. So right now he believes there is no amount that is too much to spend for her burial as he plans to give her a befitting one,” Abia said.
Kanu’s mother had been blessed with three sons, who played professional football. While his older brother played for Bendel Insurance, his younger brother also posted stints in Holland.