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Prince Harry and Meghan conclude Nigeria tour with Lagos visit

The Duke of Sussex, accompanied by his wife, arrived in Nigeria’s capital, Abuja, on a Friday morning to kick off their visit to the country. Their itinerary was filled with engagements that spanned across various aspects of Nigerian society, from education to sports and community initiatives.

Their first stop was a school event focusing on mental health, underscoring the couple’s commitment to raising awareness about this crucial issue. From there, Prince Harry ventured to meet wounded Nigerian soldiers in the country’s northwest, a poignant reminder of the sacrifices made by servicemen and women around the world.

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As the days unfolded, Prince Harry and Meghan participated in a basketball event organized by the Giants of Africa Foundation in Lagos. The foundation, spearheaded by Masai Ujiri, the vice-president of an NBA team, aims to empower youth through sports engagement. The prince, known for his passion for sports, enthusiastically dribbled basketballs with children, emphasizing the transformative power of sports in bringing communities together and breaking down barriers.

Following the basketball event, the royal couple met with Lagos State governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu and attended a fundraising event in the bustling city. The governor remarked on Prince Harry’s deepening understanding of Nigeria, acknowledging the prince’s exposure to the country’s rich tapestry of experiences.

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Meanwhile, Meghan participated in an event focused on women in leadership alongside Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, the Nigerian-born Director-General of the World Trade Organization. Expressing gratitude for the warm reception they received, Meghan spoke of her Nigerian heritage and her eagerness to delve further into her roots.

Earlier in Abuja, Prince Harry engaged in a seated volleyball match with Nigerian veterans, including Peacemaker Azuegbulam, a former soldier who lost his leg in combat but triumphed at the Invictus Games. These moments underscored the prince’s longstanding commitment to supporting wounded veterans through initiatives like the Invictus Games, which he founded.

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Despite speculation surrounding potential family reconciliations during his visit to the UK for the Invictus Games’ anniversary, Prince Harry did not meet with his father, King Charles, during his time in London. Instead, his focus remained on his engagements in Nigeria, where the military continues to confront armed groups on multiple fronts, from jihadist insurgency in the northeast to criminal gangs in the northwest and central regions.

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