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Anthony Joshua Celebrates His Nigerianness As He Meets With Queen of England In Westminster Abbey (Video)

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Anthony Joshua Celebrates His Nigerianness As He Meets With Queen of England In Westminster Abbey (Video)

All eyes were on Nigerian born unified heavyweight world champion, Anthony Joshua as he gave a speech on Monday, March 9, 2020, at Westminster Abbey to celebrate the 2020 Commonwealth Day.

Anthony Joshua met with the Queen of England for the first time as he spoke in front of the Royal Family.

His speech touched on a number of issues, with an emphasis on unity around the Commonwealth.

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Joshua began: “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.

“I feel opportunity should be there for the taking along with hard work, dedication and perseverance, regardless of one’s background.

“But on the contrary, it’s a beautiful thing.

“A thing to be celebrated and cherished, and a great source of peace and stability.

“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.”

He concluded: “So here’s to fish and chips, egusi soup and pounded yam.

“To the UK and Nigeria, and the children of the Commonwealth.”

After the speech, Joshua briefly met and spoke one-to-one with the Queen.

It was his first time meeting the monarch as his previously-awarded MBE and OBEs had been presented to him by Prince Charles at Buckingham Palace.

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