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Royal Visit: Prince Harry and Meghan Touch Down in Nigeria This Friday

May 9, 2024




The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Prince Harry and Meghan, are set to arrive in Nigeria on Friday, May 10th, for a transformative three-day private visit. Their itinerary, meticulously planned in collaboration with Nigerian authorities, emphasizes engagement with wounded soldiers and their families, underscoring a commitment to fostering resilience and promoting recovery efforts.

The invitation extended by the Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), General Christopher Musa, signifies the importance of their mission, aimed at uplifting the spirits of those who have sacrificed for their nation. Air Vice Marshal Abidemi Marquis, Director of Sports at Defence Headquarters, spoke passionately about the significance of the royal couple’s visit, highlighting its potential to positively impact soldiers’ mental health and emotional well-being.

Marquis remarked, “The recovery program has given [wounded soldiers] an opportunity to improve their personal self-esteem, mental health, and emotional intelligence. This engagement with Invictus is giving us the opportunity for a recovery for our soldiers.”


Nigeria’s membership in the Invictus community further underscores the nation’s acceptance and recognition within this esteemed network. As Nigeria eagerly anticipates hosting future Invictus Games, the royal visit serves as a testament to the country’s commitment to supporting its armed forces personnel.

During their stay, Prince Harry and Meghan will embark on a series of engagements, including visits to Kaduna and Lagos states, where they will interact with governors and local communities. Notably, their visit to the Nigerian Army Reference Hospital in Kaduna aims to offer solace and support to wounded and injured soldiers undergoing medical recovery.

The couple’s philanthropic endeavors extend to grassroots initiatives, such as the construction of a basketball court at the Wuse Light Academy, demonstrating their dedication to empowering youth and fostering community development.

Saturday’s schedule includes an exhibition of novelty matches, providing an opportunity for the royal couple to engage directly with wounded soldiers and their families. A reception, attended by families of soldiers and officers killed in action, further emphasizes the importance of honoring their sacrifice and acknowledging their contributions.

In Lagos, the Duke and Duchess will pay a courtesy call to the governor and continue their support for local NGOs, reaffirming their commitment to social welfare and humanitarian causes.




Credit: Daily Mail/The Nation

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