Anthony Joshua has never hidden his Nigerian roots and before every match he enters the ring with a Nigerian song playing over the speakers.
He may be representing the United Kingdom due to his birth on 15 October 1989 in Watford, Hertfordshire, UK; but you can take a man out of Africa but you cannot take Africa out of a man.
The boxing champion has been awarded an Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire for his services to sport by Prince Charles.
The award ceremony was held at Buckingham Palace a few hours ago and the news has been greatly welcomed in many parts of Africa especially in his home country, Nigeria.
The 29-year-old boxer is currently the most valuable boxing brand on the continent and holds the WBA, IBF and WBO titles after winning his unification clash with Joseph Parker in June.
You will recall that he was previously awarded a Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire back in 2013 in recognition of his success at the London 2012 Olympics where he won gold in the heavyweight boxing.
An OBE is a Queen’s honour given to an individual for a major local role in any activity such as business, charity or the public sector.
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