12 things you didn’t know about Keshi (no 11 will shock you!)


1. Stephen Okechukwu Keshi was born on January 23, 1962.


2. He hails from Oshimili North Local Government Area of Delta State.

3. Keshi kicked off his career as a footballer at a very tender age at ACB Football Club, and later played for New Nigeria Bank, Stade d’Abidjan, Africa Sports, Lokeren, Anderlecht, RC Strasbourg, and a host of other clubs.


4. Keshi was nicknamed the ‘Big Boss’ due to his leadership skills.

5. He represented the Nigerian national team from 1982, at age 20, till 1994, most of the time as Captain of the Super Eagles and scoring vital goals from his position as a central defender.


6. Apart from the Nigerian national team, Keshi coached the Togolese and Malian national teams.

7. He guided the Togolese team to their only World cup appearance till date and won the African Nation’s cup with Nigeria in 2013.

8. Keshi was one of the only two soccer stars, along with Egypt’s Mahmoud El-Gohary, to have won the Africa Cup of Nations both as a player and a coach.


9. He spoke French and English fluently.

10. Keshi lost his wife Kate in December to the cold hands of death after battling with cancer for a long period.


11. Keshi was supposed to  travel to the United State of America on Wednesday (June 2016) but he has since gone to join his creator and his late wife, Kate Keshi.

12. Stephen Keshi is survived by four children and his mother.

Rest in peace Big Boss.
Adieu Keshi.

Published by Ogunbowale Olugbenga

Ogunbowale Olugbenga is a multiple award winning social entrepreneur & digital skills expert. An alumnus of the Leadership in Business Institute of Kellogg School of Management (USA), He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Obafemi Awolowo University (Nigeria). Inspired by the plight of millions of unemployed youths, Olugbenga founded Epower.ng, a digital agency passionately growing businesses & accelerating the application of digital skills for economic prosperity across Africa. To help institutions prevent scandals & promote performance, Gbenga founded Polivoice.Work, an anonymous employee feedback tool that captures & analyses feedback anonymously in real time to detect, predict & improve work place conditions. A Mandela Washington Fellow, Tony Elumelu Fellow, Royal Common wealth society fellow, YALI star of business & YALI network influencer, Olugbenga is the founder of Africa’s biggest orphanage outreach, The Orphan Empowerment Society, with a 5,000 strong volunteer force and a presence in 19 African countries empowering thousands of orphans with free vocational skills, medical care, & food. He is also the co-founder of the communication & leadership organization, Pacesetters Leadership Club.

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