Champion Anthony Joshua praises Imafidon & others in the presence of the Queen, Prime Ministers & Other leaders
World heavyweight champion, Anthony Joshua acknowledges the enormous contributions of the Imafidon family and other commonwealth families during the annual service of HM Queen Elizabeth II, while other royals, Prime Minister Boris Johnson & leaders of 53 nations listen with approval.
By: Hannah Rivers - ExcellenceinEducation.org.uk
Following his heartfelt speech, Joshua was seen conversing with the Queen; and later with Professor Chris Imafidon, head of Britain's brainiest family. Chris Imafidon, a world renowned scholar and adviser to monarchs, governments, and leaders said that he was shocked by the reference to his family, saying, "I am grateful but 'that was the last thing I expected from today.'" Ms Samantha Imafidon who sat a few rows from Mr Joshua expressed genuine surprise at the speech.
The audience was moved by Mr Joshua's kind, positive words. He started addressing the crowd at Westminster Abbey, stating: "My name is Anthony Oluwafemi Olaseni Joshua and like many of you here, I'm a child of the Commonwealth. 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 join a long line, perhaps too long to count, of UK citizens of Commonwealth origin who've made enormous contributions to this great, multicultural society of ours.
"In my world, that would include names such as Joshua Buatsi, Lawrence Okolie and Ramla Ali, The Imafidon family, Britain's brainiest family.
"Like me, so many children of the Commonwealth have two homes, two identities, two cultures and two ways of viewing the world. Some even have more than two.
"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, a thing to be celebrated and cherished - and a great source of peace and stability.
"In the same way boxing gave me the opportunity and framework to become Olympic champion, Commonwealth champion and now heavyweight champion of the world.
"So, here's to fish and chips and egusi soup and pounded yam, to the UK and Nigeria and to the children of the Commonwealth."
Hannah Rivers, MA (Oxon)
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