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Sanwo-Olu receives Prince Harry, Meghan in Lagos

Lagos State Governor, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu, on Sunday received the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, during their visit to Lagos…

Lagos State Governor, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu, on Sunday received the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, during their visit to Lagos House, Marina.

The royal couple was greeted by Governor Sanwo-Olu, his wife, Dr. Ibijoke, and several members of the State Executive Council.

Prince Harry, accompanied by Meghan, is in Nigeria for a three-day visit to promote the Invictus Games, an initiative he founded.

The Invictus Games aims to raise funds and support serving members of the military as well as veterans in overcoming physical and mental illnesses or injuries, fostering a sense of belonging and increased self-esteem.

Speaking with journalists after a closed-door meeting with Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, Governor Sanwo-Olu commended the British royal couple for their efforts with Nigeria’s military personnel, particularly concerning mental health issues.

He also expressed interest in hosting the Invictus Games in Nigeria, allowing for Nigerian competitiveness to shine through.

Meanwhile, the paramount ruler of Iwoland in Osun State, Oba Abdulrosheed Adewale Akanbi, has hailed the visit of the British royal couple, stating that it will reconnect Meghan with her Nigerian ancestral roots.

In a sit-out organised by the Defence Headquarters in Lagos State, Oba Akanbi adorned Prince Harry and Meghan Markle with Yoruba traditional attire, emphasising the significance of their visit in strengthening ties between Nigeria and the royal family.

Meghan had, during a 2022 interview, said she was “43 per cent Nigerian” following a genealogy test.

Oba Akanbi expressed optimism that the couple’s visit would bolster Nigeria’s bid to host the 2027 Invictus Games, a move that would further support the nation’s soldiers and veterans.

In honouring Meghan, Oba Akanbi bestowed upon her the Yoruba name “Adetokunbo,” symbolising the return of royalty from abroad.