Purpose Of Non-Royal Tour By “Jump Up” Prince Mystifies Some Africans.

Photo courtesy of Vanguard News. Prince Harry and The Duchess of Susses were greeted by dancers on the tarmac as they arrived in Lagos, the largest city in Africa.
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The Duke of Sussex, Prince Harry, accompanied by his wife, Meghan the Duchess of Sussex, has landed in Lagos as part of a three-day visit to Nigeria , reports Vanguard News of Nigeria. They spent the first two days in Abuja, the Nigerian capital.

According to local reports, their itinerary includes a meeting with Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu at Lagos House in Marina.

Prince Harry, the founder of the Invictus Games for wounded military veterans, had arrived in Nigeria on Friday with his wife, the Duchess of Sussex.

It is believed that his visit is in connection with promoting the Invictus Games, a kind of Olympics for injured soldiers, and that there is a possibility that the next games could be held in Nigeria.

But the truth is that no one exactly understands the purpose of the visit, which is not sponsored by the British royal family or the UK government.

During their stay in Lagos, the royal couple attended the Dream Big Basketball clinic hosted by the Giant of Africa Foundation at Ilupeju Grammar School. Masai Ujiri, President of the Giant of Africa Foundation, praised the couple for their role in inspiring African youth through sports.

Expressing their excitement at being able to visit programs aimed at empowering young people in Africa, Prince Harry and Meghan emphasized the importance of such initiatives.

In Abuja, the prince’s team, adorned in yellow, engaged in an seated-volleyball exhibition match against a team led by Nigeria’s Chief of Defence Staff. Despite taking an early lead with players seated on foam mats, some of them being amputees, mostly injured mostly wounded in battle against the country’s Islamist insurgents,  Prince Harry’s team was diplomatically defeated by the Defence Ministry Team.

Later, the royal couple attended a reception for military families, where they were greeted by traditional dancers who showcased their talents with acrobatic performances.

“We’ve got to acknowledge those amazing dance moves!” Meghan said. “My husband was excited to jump up!”

However the tour has not been without criticism in Nigeria,

The Duke has been criticized for visiting a military hospital in Kaduna State.

During his visit to the hospital, Prince Harry promised to support wounded soldiers.

But some foreign reports said the Duke left his wife, Meghan Markle in Abuja while traveling to an “unsafe territory”.

Condemning the reports, Nigerian socio-political activist, Reno Omokri said Harry should not have visited if he knew Nigeria was “unsafe.”

Posting on X, Omokri accused Harry of de-marketing Nigeria, hence should return to England.

He wrote: “All this does is make Prince Harry look like a hero at Nigeria’s expense. If the Duke of Sussex felt that Nigeria was ‘unsafe’, why did he visit?

“He was not invited. He invited himself and his wife, and they inserted themselves into Nigeria. Now, their PR people are painting Harry as a hero who visited an unsafe country.

“More people have died from knife crimes in London than there have been murders in Abuja. Please fact-check me: Last year, 244 people were killed in knife crimes in England.”

Sources: Vanguard News, Nigerian Times, Daily Post.
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