Anthony Joshua celebrated the popular Nigerian delicacy pounded yam with egusi as the heavyweight world champion met the Queen of England for the first time on Commonwealth Day.
The unified heavyweight world champion was chosen to give a reflection at Westminster Abbey and he proudly presented his Nigerian heritage in an atmosphere of conviviality.
His speech touched on a number of issues, with an emphasis on unity around the Commonwealth.
“My name is Anthony Oluwafemi Olaseni Joshua and, like many of you here, I’m a child of the Commonwealth,” stated Joshua. “I was born in Watford and my heritage is Nigerian. I come from the Yoruba people, who are the largest and some might say the loudest ethnic group in all of Africa.
“I’m proudly Nigerian and proudly British…
“These days we hear so much about division and difference that some might be tempted to see that as a bad thing. But on the contrary, it’s a beautiful thing. We need to strive harder collectively in order to create unity.
“It takes a village to raise a child. And in the same vein, it takes a whole community to act and stand together to tackle some of the challenges we are confronted with today.” He concluded: “So here’s to fish and chips, egusi soup and pounded yam.