”I Am A Proud Nigerian” – Anthony Joshua Tells Queen Of England
Nigerian and British heavyweight boxer and two-time unified heavyweight champion, Anthony Oluwafemi Olaseni Joshua was given the opportunity to speak in front of the Queen Of England, members of the royal family and other top dignitaries in England.
As he was chosen to speak at the Commonwealth Service held at the Westminster Abbey, the current heavyweight champion gave an outstanding speech before the Queen and Prince Philip at the service, shedding light on his Nigerian lineage and heritage. He discussed unity amongst the commonwealth nations to foster progress and development within the under-developed commonwealth nations.
“My name is Anthony Oluwafemi Olaseni Joshua and, like many of you here, I’m a child of the Commonwealth.
“I was born in Watford and my heritage is Nigerian. I come from the Yoruba people, who are the largest and some might say the loudest ethnic group in all of Africa. I’m proudly Nigerian and proudly British.
“These days we hear so much about division and difference that some might be tempted to see that as a bad thing.
“But on the contrary, it’s a beautiful thing. A thing to be celebrated and cherished, and a great source of peace and stability.
I feel opportunity should be there for the taking along with hard work, dedication and perseverance, regardless of one’s background.
“We need to strive harder collectively in order to create unity.
He ended his speech by saying: “So here’s to fish and chips, egusi soup and pounded yam. To the UK and Nigeria, and the children of the Commonwealth.
AJ briefly met one-on-one with the Queen, thereby making it his first time meeting the monarch.
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