British-Nigerian boxer, Anthony Joshua, while addressing the Royal Family at the Commonwealth Day 2020 service, said his heritage is Nigerian.
The world heavyweight champion, began his speech by introducing himself before stating how proud he is to be a Nigerian.
“My name is Anthony Oluwafemi Olaseni Joshua and, like many of you here, I’m a child of the Commonwealth.
He informs the Commonwealth gathering that he was born in Watford and is Nigerian. Stressing further, he admits being Yoruba, who according him are the largest and ‘loudest’ ethnic group in all of Africa.
“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. He added
“I feel opportunity should be there for the taking along with hard work, dedication and perseverance, regardless of one’s background. Joshua pleaded.
Joshua goes ahead to remind the Commonwealth gathering that “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 by dedicating his speech and the great event “To the UK and Nigeria, and the children of the Commonwealth.”