Kanu Signs Contract Extension With The First Group

Nigerian football legend Nwankwo Kanu has signed a contract extension with leading property developers, The First Group.

The thirty-five year old, who plays for English Championship side Portsmouth, has been a long-term ambassador of The First Group.

The First Group is currently constructing The One Kempinski Abuja, an iconic building comprising 264 premium serviced residences, located in the heart of the central business district.

“The First Group is leading the way in bringing modern developments to the heart of Nigeria,” said Kanu, who has himself purchased a residence in this unique project. “The One Kempinski Abuja is a stunning property with fantastic facilities and will be a key destination in the Nigerian capital for many years to come.”

“I have really enjoyed my association with The First Group, and I am excited about what they are bringing to my home country.”

“Kanu is a true legend in Nigeria,” said Gary Shepherd, joint chairman, The First Group. “He is loved by so many fans for his great talent, but also the amount he gives back to the community through the Kanu Heart Foundation, which we support. He is a natural ambassador for The First Group in Africa and we are delighted he has agreed to extend his agreement with us.”

The Kanu Heart Foundation was set up in 2000 to help underprivileged children living with heart problems in Nigeria and other African countries.

Kanu is just one of many international sporting ambassadors working with The First Group, including Manchester United star Michael Owen, South African Rugby Union player, Bryan Habana and Russia’s double grand slam tennis champion, Svetlana Kuznetsova.

With its expertise in emerging property markets, The First Group has recognised the unparalleled investment opportunities in the United Arab Emirates and Africa, and is proud to offer clients innovative off-plan properties in these sought-after regions, as well as unrivalled investment services and pioneering products.

With a passion for perfection and a commitment to excellence in all areas of construction, design, finish and service, The First Group is leading the way for premium property development in Dubai, the United Arab Emirates and Africa, providing its clients with luxury properties for a secure and profitable investment. Please visit for further details.