— Anthony Joshua has Nigerian parents.
— Joshua also has Irish ancestry from his father’s side.
— He was born in Watford, England.
— He was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the 2013 New Year Honours for services to boxing.
— He is a British professional boxer. And has represented England across the diff levels of international boxing including the Olympics.
— Joshua only began boxing in 2007, aged 18, when his cousin suggested he take it up. His club, Finchley ABC in Barnet, North London, is also home to professional heavyweight Dereck Chisora.
— He is based in England.
He doesn’t represent Nigeria. Aside the fact that his parents are Nigerians what else qualifies Joshua the quality time of an elected Governor? Why are Nigerians embarrassing themselves over this.
Meanwhile, there’s a tournament (Ogun Saturday Boxing Show) holding under the nose of the Governor.
The tournament, which was held at the Alake Sports Center, Abeokuta was sponsored by the Lagos Boxing Hall of Fame, GOtv Boxing and The Nation Newspapers.
Dayo Daniel won the last edition.
Ogun Government didn’t take a photograph with him.
— Dayo’s parents are Nigerians, from Ogun state.
— Dayo schooled and presently lives in Ogun state.
— He is enrolled at Boxing Champion Club in Ogun.
— He is willing to rep Nigeria at any level.
But he won’t get the Government’s attention. Thanks to the Lagos Governor he has a chance of being a world champ some day. But his boxing loving Governor only likes the one that takes place in England.
Can we start thinking in this Nation?
We can’t just desire all these foreign based and out-of-Naija-groomed sport stars. The same thing we tried to do with:
- Bamidele Jermaine Alli (Tottenham Hotspur), He now plays for England.
- Kevin Oghenetega Tamaraebi Bakumo-Abraham (Swansea, Chelsea loanee), also plays for the English national team.
- And David Olatukunbo Alaba (Bayern Munich and the Austria national team).
The same way these footballers aren’t representing Naija, is how Joshua isn’t. It’s time we start investing in home-based talent. Almost all the Basket Ball players for the male and female national team of Nigeria are really not Nigerians. They just bear the name like the Bamidele Alli and Oghenetega Abraham. It’s time we start getting things right.
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