Kanu's virtuoso display for West Bromwich Albion against Tottenham Hotspur on Wednesday evening was easily the most impressive by a Midland Premiership player this calendar year.
In fact, you would have to go back to April 4, 2003 to recall a performance of such intensity and dominance.
C hristophe Dugarry snared a brace of goals as Birmingham City beat Southampton 3-2, which led then Saints boss Gordon Strachan to claim that Dugarry had run the entire game with his personality and ability rather than referee Steve Bennett.
Yet anyone who witnessed Kanu treat Spurs' defence with apparent disdain, as he helped himself to two goals at The Hawthorns, can't fail to have noticed the striking similarities between both players.
Dugarry arrived after being ostracised from Bordeaux, but had a manager who indulged him and allowed his talent to flourish.
An amazing run of seven wins from nine games during March and April secured Birmingham's Premiership future and Dugarry was undoubtedly the catalyst for their survival.
However, Dugarry admitted that it was the unsung work from his striking partner Geoff Horsfield that allowed him to blossom.
Meanwhile, Kanu spent all of last season fielding questions about his future and with Albion bottom of the table on the last day of the campaign, his departure seemed inevitable.
However, Horsfield scored and led Albion to a victory over Portsmouth to complete a remarkable escape for Bryan Robson's men.
Horsfield's contribution has been peripheral by comparison this campaign, but his goal led to Kanu coming in from the cold.
The Nigerian's languid style is in stark contrast to the strutting Gallic arrogance of Dugarry, but he is just as effective on the pitch.
While Dugarry was brash and abrasive and imposed his personality as well as ability on opponents, Kanu is a smiling assassin.
And Robson has had to indulge him in the same way that Steve Bruce did with Dugarry to coax his undoubted talent to the fore.
A Christmas Day at home with Mrs Kanu and their son Sean was obviously appreciated by Albion's talisman and he reciprocated with a stunning performance that oozed quality.
Kanu has become Albion's focal point and whenever any player has the ball at his feet, their first port of call is the gangly striker. His wiry physique belies his brute strength and he always appears to be on the verge of exhaustion a la Chris Waddle.
Yet if Albion are going to enjoy another season with the elite of English football, then it is apparent that Kanu will have a significant role to play.
In his pomp, he is virtually impossible for defenders to contain and the panache he showed in gliding past Anthony Gardner and Michael Dawson for both goals was a joy to behold.
Robson will use Kanu spar-ingly and it would be no surprise to see him excluded from the team that features at Liverpool on New Year's Eve.
Faced with a team chasing their tenth consecutive win, and with a crucial fixture against Aston Villa 48 hours later, Robson may well decide to adopt a stifling formation at Anfield.
Yet if Kanu can reproduce another compelling performance to match the one-man show against Tottenham, then it will be vindicated.
Bruce once mischievously suggested that Dugarry was arguably the best player ever to wear a Birmingham shirt.
There may have been many more players who contributed far more to Birmingham's cause than the temperamental Frenchman, but, in terms of natural ability, he had few peers. And surely Kanu is worthy of a similar accolade with the Baggies.
He will never achieve half as much as legends such as Tony Brown and Jeff Astle yet, in terms of natural talent and the ability to control a game, has there ever been a player with more to offer at The Hawthorns?