After years of being fondly called ‘Igwe’ by Nigerians, Arsenal legend Thierry Henry has finally been installed with the title of the same name in Lagos.
Henry arrived in Lagos on Sunday, December 17, 2017 on a two-day visit sponsored by an alcoholic beverage brand.
At an event on Sunday, the Arsenal legend was installed as the ‘Igwe’ in reference to the name he has been fondly called by Nigerians since his playing days for Arsenal in the Premier League.
The former France striker became very popular among Nigerians during his time at Arsenal where he won two Premier League and two FA Cup titles.
A proven goal-scorer in the Premier League, Nigerians started calling the former striker ‘Igwe’ (an Igbo word for King) which also translates to King in English.
Igwe speaks on his relationship with Nigerian football legends
After receiving the title, Henry revealed that Kanu Nwankwo, his one-time teammate at Arsenal never told him that they call him Igwe in Nigeria.
He spoke of his admiration for Kanu and Victor Ikpeba, the latter whom he played with at Monaco.
“Kanu was underrated, such a positive, fun and humble guy, his techniques were amazing,” Henry said at the event which held in Landmark Centre.
“Ikpeba was like a big brother to me in Monaco,” he added.