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Prince Harry and Meghan champion Invictus Games, meet wounded soldiers in Nigeria

Posted : 10 May 2024

Prince Harry and Meghan arrived in Nigeria to support the Invictus Games, a initiative Harry founded to assist in the rehabilitation of wounded and sick servicemembers and veterans, including Nigerian soldiers involved in the fight against Islamic extremists.

Visiting Nigeria for the first time at the invitation of its military, the couple landed in Abuja early in the morning, according to defense spokesman Brig. Gen. Tukur Gusau.

During their visit, Harry and Meghan will meet with wounded soldiers and their families, demonstrating support to boost the soldiers' morale and well-being.

Abidemi Marquis, the director of sports at Nigeria’s Defense Headquarters, emphasized the importance of the Invictus engagement in aiding the recovery of Nigerian soldiers.

Harry's personal experience serving in Afghanistan led to the creation of the Invictus Games in 2014, offering wounded veterans and servicemembers opportunities to compete in sports events akin to the Paralympics. Nigeria participated in last year’s edition of the games.

In addition to attending basketball and volleyball matches, the couple will meet with local non-governmental organizations in Abuja and Lagos that receive their support. Meghan will also co-host an event on women in leadership with Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Director General of the World Trade Organization, according to their spokesman Charlie Gipson.

The news of Meghan’s visit generated excitement in Nigeria, where her life and association with the British royal family are closely followed.

The Nigerian military views the Invictus Games as a vital tool in aiding the recovery of its personnel engaged in the fight against Boko Haram Islamic extremists since 2009, when the insurgency began.

Marquis, the military’s sports director, highlighted the positive impact of the recovery program on soldiers' personal self-esteem, mental health, and emotional intelligence, with 80% showing improvement.


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