It is no longer news that wife of popular Nigerian
footballer, Amara Nwankwo got married to the football
star Kanu Nwankwo at the age of 18-years old and has
ever since been basking in the success of her marriage.
Kanu Nwankwo, wife and children
Amara who was naive at as when she got married to Kanu
Nwankwo in an interview with Punch Newspaper, revealed
how her parents were in support of her marriage at that
age, her architectural degree, how she has been coping with
fame and much more.
Read excerpt of the interview below:
Why did you decide to practice as an interior designer?
I have a first degree in Architecture and I graduated just
before I had my daughter. I had some experience working
with some of the best architectural firms in London. It
dawned on me that I was giving my 100 per cent to a
company, which was predominantly white and I had little or
no time for my family. Having garnered adequate
experience, I decided to set up my own business, so that
I would have time for my family. I can now do things at my
own pace. Unlike interior decoration, you need certain
technical skills to become an interior designer.
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Mr and Mrs Nwankwo
How did you adjust to being married to a popular
When I was getting married, I was not ready to be thrust
into the limelight. I didn’t even know what I was getting into.
I wasn’t a football fan and I knew nothing about the
Premiership. I didn’t know I was getting married into that
level of limelight as I was young, vibrant and in love. I am
now a football fan.
Did you harbor any doubts about your marriage?
I wasn’t scared; I felt it like it was the best thing that could
have happened to me. I was in love, so there was no time
for a negative feeling like fear to come up. I think the love I
had and still have for my husband was all I needed to feel
comfortable and good.
You got married at 18-years, how were you able to keep
the family and home together at the time?
Marriage is a growth process and I learn on a daily basis. I
got married as a teenager. I was young. I think I jumped
into the deep end and I simply went with it. It takes a lot of
determination to keep things going because irrespective of
your age, marriage throws a lot of curves at you. The main
thing is being able to bounce back after being hit with a
surprise or what you do not expect.
Would you want your daughter to emulate by getting
married at a young age?
Having gone through it myself, I wouldn’t say I would like
her to do the same. I would like her to experience life
slightly a bit more than I did. But it all depends on the
circumstances and the persons involved. I had support
from my mum, dad and siblings. In hindsight, I can say that
they actually did a good job. In June, we would celebrate
the 12th anniversary of our wedding.
If you could do anything differently in terms of
marriage and certain decisions you have made over the
years, what would it be?
I don’t think I would want to do it differently. I think getting
married early is my competitive advantage. I learnt real life
and management skills in marriage. Even though I’m
currently studying for an MBA, it can’t beat the real life
experiences. I won’t change anything because it all worked
While he still played active football, how did you deal
with the risks associated with his job?
When I began to understand what it meant to lose a game, I
had to learn to cheer him up. I also had to learn really fast
that every game had a consequence, a price and a goal at
the end of the day.
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Amara Nwankwo and her daughter
How would you describe motherhood?
Motherhood is the best thing that has ever happened to
me. In terms of motherhood, women empowerment and
business sense, Beyonce inspires me. My children will
always be my priority and I give God the most gratitude for
blessing me with children. If I invest my time in them, they
will give me more value at the end of the day.
How would you describe your husband?
He is a kind man and he has a big heart. He is also very
sensitive and intelligent. He shows me compassion through
his actions and he doesn’t say too much.