From a farm boy, pure water seller, to a money man; The untold story of Emmanuel Emenike

The name Emmanuel Emenike rings a bell when mentioned among football fans. A household name, Emenike left an indelible mark during his playing days in the Super Eagles.

Just like every other human on earth who passed through life struggles before achieving their dreams and making it to the top of their career, Emmanule Emenike went through different phases of life where he had to do a lot of menial jobs which he disclosed in a recent Instagram update a few days after his birthday.

According to the footballer who turned 32 years old on the 10th of May, he was once a farm boy when he was growing up and also sold pure water on the streets of Port Harcourt.

“As a kid I farmed with my parents and I was selling goat meat in the market, Hock pure water on the street of port harcourt, grow up during the war between aguleri and umuleri , Use to carry cement to make money, went to South Africa became a street boy until God blessed me… đź’€”

Those were the words of Emmanuel Emenike who currently boasts of owning one of the biggest building in Imo State, built in the city of Owerri, the eastern heartland.

Personal Life

Emmanuel Emenike is one of the most private Nigerian footballers you can ever think of. He keeps his personal life private and amid his wealth, keeps things simple. A cheerful giver with huminity to match, Emenike is an inspiration to so many people who are opportune to meet him.

In a Daily Advent exclusive interview with his closest friend and manager, Ewuzie Frank known popularly as Don Swank, he explained the kind of person the ex-Super Eagles player is.

According to Ewuzie Frank, Emenike is behind 80% of his success. This is coming from a mega millionaire who runs his own streams of businesses under Swank Concepts, a name that houses Swank Security Door, Super Markets, Furnitures and more.

Emenike and his manager, Don Swank

Don Swank also revealed that Emenike supported him spiritually, mentally, financially and otherwise, pushing him everyday of his life to do something tangible for himself, to achieve more. The able manager who was the biggest spender at Emenike’s house-warming in Owerri in January also disclosed that working for the footballer doesn’t stop you from pursuing your dreams, rather it gives you the privilege to discover yourself and explore. That is to say, the footballer believes in the school of thought that says, “We rise by lifting others.”

Emmanuel Emenike is happily married to Ihuoma Nnadi, the winner of the Most Beautiful Girl in Nigeria pageant in 2014.

Football Career

Emenike began his football profession with Delta Force. He uncovered he trekked  to training and back, despite the fact that it could take 90 minutes. He said he didn’t get paid as he played at the club when it was non-professional and were in a low division, the club were additionally denied assets from the Delta State government.

Later in his vocation, he moved to South Africa where he earned his first pay as an expert footballer. He exchanged to South African National First Division team Mpumalanga Black Aces in January 2008 and appeared against Dynamos F.C. on 17 February 2008. He scored his first goal with the team in his first leg however Black Aces lost the match 4– 2. He was an individual from the Black Aces team that lost against Mamelodi Sundowns in the Nedbank Cup final. In South Africa, Emenike additionally played for the First Division team F.C. Cape Town.

Emenike has played for several teams around the world which includes Karabükspor, Fenerbahçe, Spartak Moscow, Al Ain, West Ham United, Olympiakos and Las Palmas. 

International Football Career

Emenike was called up to the Nigeria national football team for a friendly game against Sierra Leone. He was called up to Nigeria’s 23-man squad for the Africa Cup of Nations. On 21 January 2013, he scored in Nigeria’s opening AFCON game against Burkina Faso in a 1– 1 draw. He likewise scored the main goal in the quarter final game between Nigeria and CĂ´te d’Ivoire which Nigeria won 2– 1. On 3 February, Emenike scored a 30-yard free kick giving his nation a 2– 1 success over CĂ´te d’Ivoire in the African Cup of Nations.

Emenike commended his nonattendance from Eagles in Sept 2013 when he played in the 2014 world cup qualifier against Malawi – played in Calabar. He scored one goal in the 2-0 win by the Super Eagles – a success which took them to the last round of world cup qualifiers. He went ahead as a substitute three days after in an agreeable match against Burkina Faso, played in Kaduna – he scored the fourth goal in a 4– 1 win for the Eagles. On 13 October 2013, in the first-leg of last round of the World Cup qualifier against Ethiopia, he scored twice to give the Super Eagles a 2– 1 lead going into the second-leg. On 20 October 2015 he declared his retirement.

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