Anthony Joshua, the Nigerian-British world heavyweight boxing champion has met with the Queen Elizabeth of England during the Commonwealth Day service in Westminster Abbey.
Dressed in a dapper suit and tie, the world heavyweight boxing champion had the opportunity to address the royal family in a powerful speech delivered at the service. Anthony also met Meghan Markle during the event.
Anthony spoke passionately about his dual heritage of Nigerian and British origin as he mentioned his two favourites cuisines from the two countries; gusi soup and pounded yam for Nigeria and fish and chips for Britain.
Below is the excerpts from his speech:
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.
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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. It takes a village to raise a child. And in the same vein, it takes a whole community to act and stand together to tackle some of the challenges we are confronted with today.
So here’s to fish and chips, egusi soup and pounded yam. To the UK and Nigeria, and the children of the Commonwealth.