The British professional boxer of Nigerian descent, Anthony Oluwafemi Joshua has been congratulated after defeating Wladimir Klitschko to become the unified World Heavyweight Champion.
Nigeria’s Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed says Nigeria is proud to be associated with the new unified World champion, whose Nigerian heritage he has publicly acknowledged.
”My heart is in Nigeria, My heart is in Britain. I am a Nigerian man by blood, yes,” the Minister quoted Joshua as saying in a recent interview, during which the boxer also listed the secret of his success as pounded yam, eba and egusi – all Nigerian cuisine.
The Minister hailed Joshua for his humility, despite his success in boxing, and his undying spirit, coming off the canvas after he was knocked down by Klitschko in the sixth round to win by a Technical Knock Out in the 11th round of their pulsating fight.
He added that the government would soon invite the new World Heavyweight Champion to Nigeria, especially as he has said he was looking forward to giving something back to the country.