IPOB Founder, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu
Most Nigerians are familiar with Nnamdi Kanu for a variety of reasons, and he has been nicknamed a variety of names by lovers and alleged rivals, as well as government officials, including the presidency, who despise him and what he stands for. He is a saviour, a prophet, and a “supreme commander” in the eyes of the people he serves, determined to lead his people to the place of their dreams. He is a conman, a propagandist who has mastered the amazing game of deceit, and a cheap coward in the eyes of the government and those who see him differently.
Regardless, Kanu takes great pride in not only boasting, but also promising to do things he is unable to do. He is sometimes referred to as the “Supreme Leader” of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), which he leads. Kanu has ascended to god-like status, commanding a cult-like following of easily enraged individuals who make up the IPOB community.
In this article, we will discuss Nnamdi Kanu’s history, activism, and net worth as the chief of the IPOB and the operator of Radio Biafra.
Nnamdi Kanu Biography
Nnamdi Kanu (born 25 September 1967 in Isiama Afara Ukwu, Umuahia, Abia State as Nwannekaenyi Nnamdi Okwu Kanu) is a British political activist who is known as the “Supreme Leader” of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and the Founder of Radio Biafra. Kanu is the leader of the IPOB separatist party, which has had a long-running feud with Nigeria’s government, especially under Major-General Muhammadu Buhari (rtd).
Kanu was born in the Republic of Biafra’s Isiama Afara Ukwu, Umuahia, Abia State. HRM Eze Israel Okwu Kanu (JP) is his father’s name, and Ugoeze Nnenne Kanu is his mother’s. He received his primary education at Library Avenue Primary School and his secondary education at Government College Umuahia. And attended the University of Nsukka (UNN) for two years before dropping out. There have been rumors that he was dismissed from UNN, while others say that Kanu’s grades were so bad that he was advised to leave the school. Later, he was accepted to London Guildhall University to study Political Economics.
Kanu’s style of activism isn’t unusual, but it’s been a long time since anyone has seen the kind of activism he did. His advocacy is characterized by boasting, insults, and name-calling, as well as hollow chest-beating. Kanu believed in the Nigerian project under Goodluck Jonathan, Nigeria’s former vice-president and later president, and was caught on video declaring “Nigeria is one” in 2012.
At the time, an anonymous Kanu switched gears and began making verbal assaults on the Yoruba ethnic group and Nigeria’s newly elected president, Major-General Muhammadu Buhari (retd).
Kanu’s feelings about the Yoruba nation were similar to those of most people in the South East at the time, when a non-performing Goodluck Jonathan was ousted by a Northern-South West coalition. While Jonathan was from Bayelsa in the country’s South-South region, the Igbos of the South East benefited greatly from his government, and the region’s open opposition to President Muhammadu Buhari meant the region had built its own trap.
Kanu referred to all Igbo ladies as prostitutes during a podcast in his UK studios for Radio Biafra, an assertion that ignited outrage among non-Igbos who wanted to know if Kanu’s allegation about Igbo ladies was valid.
On October 18, 2015, it was announced that Nigeria’s secret police, the Department of State Services, had arrested Nnamdi Kanu in Lagos State (DSS). Kanu had entered Nigeria under a false identity, but the DSS used its intelligence to search the hotel where he was staying and apprehend him.
Kanu told his lawyers that he was arrested in his hotel room at the Golden Tulip Essential Hotel Ikeja, Lagos State, on October 14, 2015, by agents of the Federal Government of Nigeria, the State Security Service (SSS). In a press conference, the solicitors claimed that their client’s whereabouts were unknown between October 14 and October 17, 2015, before the press broke the news of his arrest and detention by the SSS in Abuja on October 18, 2015.
Kanu vanished from public view after the Nigerian military raided his home in September 2017. For over a year, there had been speculation about his whereabouts, with representatives of his IPOB accusing the Buhari government of orchestrating his kidnapping. After photos and videos of him in Israel were widely shared on social media, he reappeared in October 2018.
It was commonly assumed that Nnamdi Kanu had struck a secret deal with the Nigerian government, which then secretly relocated him to Israel.
Does Nnamdi Kanu Have A Job?
No, Nnamdi Kanu has no job other than being the director of Radio Biafra and the ‘Supreme Commander’ of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB). He makes money and is being funded by donations from Igbos across the globe who believe in the Biafran struggle. The IPOB also levies its members monthly for N1,000 fee monthly which is supposedly used to fund the Biafra agenda.
Nnamdi Kanu Net Worth
Nnamdi Kanu, also known as Nwannekaenyi Nnamdi Okwu Kanu, is the Manager of Radio Biafra and the ‘Supreme Commander’ of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB). Nnamdi Kanu net worth is estimated to be $277,233. (N100 Million). According to former top IPOB members who fell out with him, Kanu’s main source of wealth is donations from around the world for the Biafran cause, which he allegedly diverts for personal use.
Nnamdi Kanu is said to have a sizable cash fund, which he received from Igbos all over the world who support Biafra. The same system is used to cater and administer Radio Biafra on a regular basis.