Prince Daniel Kanu was born on 20th of January 1971 in Aba, Imo State (now Abia State) to philanthropist, entrepreneur and traditional ruler His Royal Highness Maxwell O. Kanu, and Lolo Beatrice N. Kanu, both natives of Aro-Ndizuogu, Ideato North, Imo State. 

Daniel Kanu attended Constitutional Crescent Primary School, Aba, and then graduated from Federal Government College Okigwe, Imo State, Nigeria. 

In 1985 he moved to the United States where he attended Liberty Junior High School in Richardson, Texas, and graduated as an `A` student with a perfect class attendance record. While there, he began his sport career playing American Football. 

In 1990, he was awarded with a diploma from North Garland High School in Garland, Texas. Due to his academic record and impressionable talent for football, Daniel Kanu received an academic and athletic scholarship to play football at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. During the course of his studies he later transferred to the University of Oklahoma to continue his education and exceptional football career. 

While a student at the University of Oklahoma, Mr. Kanu was recognized for his brilliance and leadership skills by his esteemed professors. Consequently, they invited him on numerous occasions to lecture the classes on foreign affairs and culture since he was a foreign student. Daniel Kanu also completed a degree in Global Studies on International Business and Trade with distinguished recommendations from Richland College, Dallas Texas. 

After eight years of living, schooling and working in the United States he returned to Nigeria in 1993, concerned for the plight of his fellow citizens. His dreams and ambitions compelled him to relocate to Nigeria and contribute in any positive manner possible to the uplifting of the nation. While working in Abuja as a businessman, his leadership skills were promptly recognized by his fellow youths and he arrived at the forefront of political and social awareness. His accomplishments were later recognized through numerous awards and successful endeavors. 


Among his accomplishments, Daniel Kanu was the winner of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Primary election for Federal House of Representatives (AMAC and Bwari) in 2002, and was the former Chairman of Youths Earnestly Ask for Abacha (YEAA '98). He was also a key organizer of the 2 Million Man March in 1998, which was the largest political rally in the history of Nigeria. Daniel Kanu aspired to uplift the youth of Nigeria from a very early age, and has devoted his life’s endeavors to this goal. His vision and determination has motivated youths and other Nigerians to become leaders in their local communities and at the national level of the Nigerian Government. 

In March 1997 he was elected as the Chairman of Youths Earnestly Ask For Abacha (YEAA) an organization whose main aim was to campaign for transformation and empowerment of the youth under the civil leadership of General Sani Abacha. The group based its work on the platform that General Sani Abacha was doing an admirable job at managing Nigeria. Among his accomplishments were: the reducing of Nigeria’s external debt, increasing external reserves, stabilizing the Nigerian Currency (naira), The Petroleum Trust Fund’s rehabilitation of roads, hospitals and schools, low fuel prices, low food prices, Family Support Program loan scheme, and youth empowerment, among other accomplishments. 

The campaign culminated with a Grand Rally on the 3rd and 4th of March, 1998, a day nowadays popularly known as the anniversary of the 2 Million-Man March. It is to date perceived as the largest gathering in the history of Nigeria. In attendance were youths, politicians, governors, traditional rulers, philanthropists, union leaders, entrepreneurs, industry leaders, foreign missions members, as well as local and foreign musicians from all over Nigeria and abroad. 

The YEAA activities had an astonishing impact, and resulted in Daniel Kanu's appearance on Cable News Network (CNN), British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) and other international media to promote and represent YEAA. 

With the death of General Sani Abacha on 8th June, 1998, the National Executive Committee of YEAA met and changed the name of the organization to Youth Earnestly Ask for Advancement, with the aim to foster the continuation of the laudable programs of the Abacha Administration under future administrations. Later with the emergence of the present democratic process under the supervision of General Abdulsalami Abubakar as Head of State in 1999, Daniel Kanu petitioned to transform YEAA into a political party to be known as the Masses Democratic Party (MDP). However, a deliberate disintegrating clause in the party registration guideline stipulated that no youth organization can be transformed into a political party, bringing to an end the that would have introduced the only Youth party in Nigeria. Daniel Kanu compelled the members and followers to support the democratic process by joining the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), which was later produced by Olusegun Obasanjo, as the President Federal Republic of Nigeria. Due to his resilient nature, Daniel Kanu did not abandon his devotion to youths, returning to his private life and continuing to counsel the Youth and other Nigerians on matters affecting their lives. 

In March 2002 Daniel Kanu re-emerged in Nigerian national politics. This time his aim was to continue his quest in providing benevolent leadership to Nigerians by entering the National Assembly (Congress) as member and Federal House of Representatives for Amac/Bwari Federal Constituency, Abuja, Nigeria. In his unique but efficient manner of mobilizing, he founded THE NEW DEAL ORGANIZATION, which sought to lower the crime rate amongst youths and create jobs and wealth for his compatriots. He emerged victorious, defeating 7 other candidates to become the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) flag bearer. However, the victory was short lived, as the Federal Government of Nigeria annulled his victory and gave his seat to the runner up. The Federal Government’s reason for canceling his victory was that Daniel Kanu was a youth leader who supported the Government of Late General Sani Abacha, Former Head of State of Nigeria. As a party loyalist, Daniel Kanu launched a peaceful protest to the PDP leadership and continued to support and work for the party's victory in the April, 2003 general election. 

In July 2011, he was appointed Senior Special Assistant of Agriculture and Water Resources to the Governor of Imo State, and was elevated to the position of Special Adviser to the Governor on August 2012. 


As a student in 1988, Daniel Kanu started his first company by exporting commodities from United States to Nigeria and consulting in selling Nigerian Crude oil to United States companies. Upon his relocation to Nigeria in 1993 he continued his pursuit for wealth in the Oil and Gas sector and environmental services.

He further branched out to public sector business in the realm of road and building construction. 

As a car enthusiast he capitalized upon the booming car industry by acquiring an exclusive distributorship from AM General Corporation, Inc. Indiana USA to sell HUMMER vehicles, becoming the first Nigerian to deliver the HUMMER H-1 as well as the first dealership in 1995. 

In 1998 DIK International Ltd. won a bid for an Oil Prospecting License (OPL) for exploration of crude oil in the deep offshore blocks of Nigeria. This acquisition was later seized by subsequent government. 

To diversify his investment, he acquired shares in Agura Hotel, real estate, and banking. In 2008 Daniel Kanu trademarked his name and sold it to DIK International Ltd. for promotion of the company’s business and operation purposes. 

These and other successful business ventures have established him within many sectors of the Nigerian market. 


In 2000, Daniel Kanu emerged as the Chairman of the Body Builders Association of Nigeria, a non-profit organization that encourages physical well-being amongst Nigerian Youths by promoting physical education and competitions. 

Also in May 2000, he created the Daniel Kanu Football Club, a non-profit organization propagating his effort to keep the youth pre-occupied with meaningful activities and creation of possibilities for the discovery of talented individuals. 

The team was registered with the Nigerian Football Association (NFA) under the Abuja Amateur League Football. Daniel Kanu and his foundation provided free comfortable accommodation and transportation, free medical insurance and salary for all his players and team officials. The Daniel Kanu Football Club team has produced a number of talented athletes, many of whom have continued on to play in professional leagues. In an attempt to broaden his impact on youths, the team was later dissolved and the Daniel Kanu Youth Foundation became the exclusive sponsor of the FCT League to date. 

The Daniel Kanu Youth Foundation is a non-profit organization committed to molding future leaders with the values of conscience and integrity through education and sports. The vision at the Daniel Kanu Youth Foundation is to support youth development by promoting sports and education amongst youths. To help youths achieve broader goals in education, the foundation is ensuring that youths both in and out of school have access to quality education and increased opportunity to learn. To facilitate this, the DKYF provides educational materials, encourages school attendance, and instills the desire to succeed academically by making education fun.



Daniel Ihediohanma Kanu was born on 20th January, 1971; he spent his early childhood in Aba, Abia State, Nigeria.



He attended Constitutional Crescent Primary School, Aba, and then graduated to Federal Government College Okigwe, Imo State, Nigeria.


Early Family Photo

Left to Right: Nonye Kanu-Onubwke (sister), Beatrice Kanu (Mother), Pauline Ajero (Cousin), Daniel Kanu


Arriving To USA

Daniel relocated to the United States and attended Liberty Junior High School, Richardson, Texas, where he was an "A" honor roll student. There he received numerous certificates for his academic record and perfect school attendance.


High School Football Career

He attended Berkner High School and Richardson High School where he performed extraordinarily both academically and athletically, establishing himself as an outstanding American Football player.


Daniel poses with a teacher at Richardson High School, Richardson, Texas

Graduation from North Garland High School

In 1990, he graduated from North Garland High School, Garland, Texas. He continued on to receive an academic and athletic (American Football) scholarship to Northwestern University, Illinois at their School of Education and Social Policy. Later that year he transferred to University of Oklahoma to continue his education and football career.


University of Oklahoma

Daniel Kanu attended University of Oklahoma from where he obtained a certificate in International Business and Marketing and proved to be an extraordinary Football player.


Certificate of Accomplishment

In 1992 he received a Certificate of Accomplishment for successful participation in Project Business.


Associates of Arts from Richland College

He later received an Associates of Arts from Richland College, Dallas, Texas. After eight years of living, schooling and working in the United States, his dreams and ambition compelled him to relocate back to Nigeria to pursue his business career and to focus his efforts upon uplifting the youth of that nation. Daniel Kanu and Beatrice Kanu (Mother)


DIK International Limited

Daniel Ihediohanma Kanu (DIK) founded DIK International Limited, a trading company with an initial focus on construction and importation of commodities from the United States into Nigeria. The company later diversified into the realms of real estate, oil and gas, and supplies.


Agura Hotel

Due to Daniel’s dedication to service, the Board of Directors of FASEL Services Limited, owners of Agura Hotel, Abuja, appointed him as the Managing Director of the company, where he served meritoriously and steadily built his reputation.



While in Nigeria he recognized the need to protect the marine environment due to rampant negligence on the part of polluters and their authorities. To address this issue he set out to create awareness of the ship generated waste discharged without regards to international and local laws in Nigeria. His effort earned him a consultancy position with the Nigerian Government Agency, National Maritime Authority (now Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency-NIMASA). His effort formed the basis of a Public-Private-Partnership in the maritime environmental services at NIMASA and Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA).


Youths Earnestly Ask for Abacha

In 1997 he became the Chairman of Youths Earnestly Ask for Abacha (YEAA), a pressure group that campaigned for the implementation of a strategic developmental road plan for the industrialization of Nigeria known as the VISION 2010. The group recognized the tendency of successive governments to discard or abandon laudable projects, which often led to uncompleted projects and wasted resources. The group urged late Gen. Sani Abacha to usher in democracy for Nigeria by contesting for Presidency in 1998, hence ensuring continuity of the VISION 2010 road map.


The 2 Million Man March

On March 3rd and 4th, Daniel Kanu organized The 2 Million Man March, which was the largest political rally in the history of Nigeria, to support the emergence of Democracy under the leadership of General Abacha.


From left Middle: Major Hamza Almustapha (Chief Security Officer to the Head of State of Nigeria), Daniel Kanu and other participants of 2 Million Man March

In April 1998, DIK International Ltd. was awarded an Oil Prospecting License for an ultra-deep water oil block several miles offshore from the Nigerian coast. That same year in May, DIK International Ltd. entered into discussion with Marathon Oil Corporation USA for the exploration and development of the oil block. June 8th, General Abacha, Head of State and Commander in Chief of The Federal Republic of Nigeria died. In August, General Abdulsalami Abubakar, new Head of State of Nigeria puts OPL 242 on hold.

Canceling of Oil Block

The Nigerian President Abdulsalam Abubakar cancelled his oil block allocated in 1998.


Body Builders Association of Nigeria

Daniel Kanu emerged as the Chairman of Body Builders Association of Nigeria, a non-profit organization that sought to encourage good physical being amongst the Nigerian Youth by promoting physical education and competitions.


In May he created the Daniel Kanu Football Club.

Daniel Kanu Youth Foundation

That same year Daniel Kanu founded Daniel Kanu Youth Foundation, a non-profit organization committed to supporting youth development by promoting sports and education amongst youths. From then until today, the Daniel Kanu Youth Foundation has made many different contributions to orphanages, schools and Universities throughout Nigeria, including the sponsoring of the FCT FA Football League, and has helped many youths obtain an education.


Cleanall Environmental Services

In 2001 Daniel Kanu founded Cleanall Environmental Services and partnered with Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) for the prevention of pollution and protection of marine life through enforcement of the International Maritime MARPOL-ACT. The board of NPA conspired to sabotage Cleanall Environmental Services by committing industrial espionage.


Federal House of Representatives

March of 2002 saw Daniel Kanu's re-emergence in National politics. He won the ticket to represent Amac/Bwari Federal Constituency in the Federal House of Representatives. In November of the same year the President of Nigeria, Olusegun Obasanjo, through the National Chairman of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Chief Andy Ogbe, annulled Daniel Kanu's victory.


New Deal Organization

Daniel Kanu at a press conference for New Deal Organization. The organization was formed to create jobs for the unemployed, make charitable contributions, combat crime, and to empower the youth.


Cleanall Environmental Services

In 2004 the Federal Government of Nigeria reinstated a portion of Cleanall Environmental Services contract at the Nigerian Port Authority. Right: Daniel Kanu and executives of the New Deal Organization with children at Karu Orphanage, Abuja Nigeria.


MARPOL 73/78 Act

On the 15th of December, 2005 Cleanall Environmental Services Limited resumed operations at Calabar and Warri Ports to enforce the International Maritime Organization, MARINE POLLUTION MARPOL 73/78 Act, which ensures zero dumping of oily, garbage or other pollutants in the Nigerian territorial waters.



In 2006 Daniel Kanu was unjustly disqualified from contesting for the Federal House of Representatives by President Olusegun Obasanjo, as retribution for supporting for General Abacha.


January - The name Daniel Kanu was registered as a trade mark and sold to DIK International as part of Cooperate Branding.


Family Picture

Daniel and Kimberley Kanu in a family picture with Daniel's siblings and father.


Coalition for Fresh Air

In September 2010 Daniel Kanu led a civic group, the Coalition for Fresh Air, to campaign for future Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan’s candidacy in the 2011 general election. He led the campaign to convince Nigerians in the United States to be democratic and vote for his candidate in that election. Right:Ronnie Coleman (9 times Mr. Olympia), Kimberley Kanu (wife), and Daniel Kanu at Frankfurt, Germany.


Left to Right: Alh. Yusuf Suleiman, former Honourable Minister, Federal Ministry of Transport of Nigeria, and Daniel Kanu as Managing Director of Cleanall Environmental Services, Limited.

Senior Special Assistant of Agriculture and Water Resources

In July 2011 he was appointed Senior Special Assistant of Agriculture and Water Resources to the Governor of Imo State, Nigeria. Left to Right: Owelle Rochas Okorocha, Executive Governor of Imo State, Congratulates Daniel Kanu after his swearing in as SSA to the Governor


Left to Right: His Excellency Goodluck Jonathan, President of Nigeria, Kimberley Kanu, and Daniel Kanu


On April 13, 2012 the Ejezie Izuogu Developmental Union organized a reception in honour of Prince Daniel Kanu and Kimberly Kanu where they received awards as illustrious son and daughter of the community.


August 2012, Daniel Kanu was promoted to Special Adviser (Agriculture and Water Resources) to the Governor of Imo State, Nigeria. Picture Left to Right: Owelle Rochas Okorocha (Executive Governor of Imo State), Daniel Kanu Special Adviser to the Governor, and Abba Morro, Honourable Minister, Federal Ministry of Interior, Nigeria

Summer 2012: Daniel and Kimberely Kanu with children.

DK Fitness Products Limited

On November 5th, DK Fitness Products Limited partnered with the Nigeria Olympic Committee Inc. to promote sports and physical wellbeing, and to create employment through constructing, equipping and managing fitness facilities throughout all Nigeria.


Re-launch of the New Deal Organization

In 2014 Prince Daniel Kanu re-launched the New Deal Organization with programs like Parents Against Crime Together (PACT) and Youth Against Crime Together (Y-ACT) to lead a moral reorientation in an attempt to fight crime, terrorism, and moral decadence through the grassroots by teaching parents and kids their respective responsibilities as law abiding citizens of Nigeria.


Businesses and charitable work

He focused to his businesses and charitable work donating Beatrice Kanu White House Elementary School and Police Station at Ejezie Autonomous Community,Arondizougu, Imo State


Race to Imo State Government House

Daniel Kanu joins the race to Imo State Government House as frontline aspirant under the umbrella of APGA (All Progressive Grand Alliance)