And the Nigeria international has now made it known that the Mikel part of his moniker was nothing but a mistake.
"Obi is my surname and my other names are John and Michael. When I was playing for Nigeria Under-17s the manager spelled my middle name 'Mikel' on the team-sheet," he said.
"There was no way they could change the spelling after the first game so it became kind of lucky for me. I don't know why really but I just carried it on."