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Prince Of Wales, Duchess Of Cornwall To Visit Nigeria



The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall will visit Nigeria as part of a 9 day tour to Africa, the visit which is at the request on behalf of the British Government, will also include the Gambia and Ghana comes shortly after Prime Minister Theresa May visited Nigeria last month.

The Royal Highnesses’ visit, will celebrate the UK.’s dynamic, forward-looking partnerships with these Commonwealth nations on a range of shared priorities. In Lagos, the Prince will visit naval berths and join a business event focused on business and environmental sustainability. He will also attend an arts festival at the British Council to celebrate Nigeria’s thriving art scene and to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the British Council in Nigeria. The event will also celebrate The Prince’s 70th Birthday.

British High Commissioner, Paul Arkwright, said “I look forward to welcoming Their Royal Highnesses to experience the richness and diversity of Nigeria and to help promote British investment in youth, jobs and equal opportunities in Nigeria. The historic links between the Royal family and Nigeria is something we can all celebrate. “

Arkwright said in all three Nations, the Royal Highnesses will take part in commemorative events to acknowledge the sacrifice made by Gambian, Ghanaian and Nigerian soldiers during the First and Second World Wars and in more recent times during international peacekeeping missions.

Nigeria and the UK are strong Commonwealth partners with a shared interest in developing a prosperous Nigeria.  It is one of the largest and youngest countries in the world and home to the largest economy in Africa.

In Nigeria, young people are driving a rich ecosystem of innovators and entrepreneurs.  During the visit The Royal Highnesses will meet some of Nigeria’s dynamic youth as well as Traditional Leaders, the business community, the armed forces, and people from the arts, fashion and charitable sector, he added

The visit will highlight key themes in our relationship, including the importance of our Commonwealth ties; youth opportunity; business and entrepreneurship; educating women and girls; literacy; defence co-operation; and religious and cultural diversity and opportunities for closer cooperation between the Nigerian and UK artists in music, art, cinema, and fashion”.

Upon arrival in Abuja, The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall will be welcomed by President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa. During their visit to Nigeria, Their Royal Highnesses will undertake a series of engagements in Abuja and Lagos.

The visit will celebrate The Gambia’s re-entry into the Commonwealth in February this year and Ghana, the first majority-ruled African country to join the Commonwealth.