Anthony Joshua could not fail to mention two endearing Nigerian delicacies during his speech at the Commonwealth Service in the UK on Monday.
Joshua was was invited to speak at Westminster Abbey at a service attended by the Queen and the entire royal family in commemoration of Commonwealth’s day.
The World Heavyweight Boxing Champion who hails from Watford spoke proudly of his Nigerian heritage after stepping up to the podium.
”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 Nigeria,” AJ began.
Joshua’s parents are of the Youruba tribe.
“I come from the Youruba people who are the largest and some might say the loudest ethnic group in all of Africa. I am proudly Nigerian and I am proudly British and I join a long line perhaps too long to count of UK citizens of Commonwealth origin who’ve made enormous contributions to this great multicultural society of ours,”
“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.”
“In the same way boxing gave me the opportunity to become Olympic Champion, Commonwealth champion and now heavyweight champion of the world, but I ask myself “what does the Commonwealth really mean? The second part of that word is key for me – a united common future could create opportunities for our commonwealth cousins.“
The Nigerian in AJ fully manifested here.
🗣️ Anthony Joshua gives a speech in front of the Royal Family during today’s Commonwealth Day celebration service at Westminster Abbey… pic.twitter.com/x6PKAQ5hLW
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“So, here’s to fish and chips, and Egusi soup and Pounded yam, to the UK and Nigeria and to the children of the Commonwealth, thank you very much for listening,” he concluded to a round of applause.
Prince Harry and wife Meghan Markle were also in attendance at the Commonwealth service which will mark their final official appearance as senior royals.
The 28-year-old will be defending his three world titles against IBF mandatory challenger Kubrat Pulev at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on June 20.