Royale Visit: Prince Of Wales Experiences UK Nigeria Links
The Prince of Wales spent yesterday [7 November] in Lagos, seeing more close links between the UK and Nigeria.
In his first engagement of the day, the Prince of Wales visited the Nigerian Navy’s N.N.S. Ekulu berthed at the Lagos Naval Dockyard. Onboard, he was shown the close cooperation between the UK and Nigerian naval forces as he watched a maritime security exercise.
The British military are currently providing maritime security training for the Nigerian Navy and their Special Boat Service to help them counter the insurgency in North East Nigeria and improve security in the Gulf of Guinea.
The Prince then attended a British Council festival in a showcase of entrepreneurial individuals, including many women, who are innovating modern arts and culture in Nigeria. Attendees included filmmaker Omoni Oboli and musician MI Abaga.
The Prince of Wales walked between different exhibits of work, such as fashion, jewellery, and interior designs, and watched music, film and dance performances. The festival demonstrated the breadth and vibrancy of the creative arts scene.
The Prince of Wales was then the guest of honour at last night’s evening reception, which brought together many notable Nigerian and British figures, particularly from sports, entertainment, and business.
The Prince admired a sculpture of the Prince’s mother, Queen Elizabeth II, created by Ben Enwonwu, and met some of the city’s leading fashion designers. Former Super Eagles captain and British Premier League footballer Joseph Yobo presented a Nigeria World Cup 2018 football shirt to the Prince of Wales. Other prominent guests from the arts included actresses Genevieve Nnaji and Rita Dominic and musician Yemi Alade.
During the busy day, The Prince also attended a business event to discuss sustainable business opportunities in Nigeria, an issue close to his heart. He also joined a roundtable discussion on the possibilities of his charity, The Prince’s Trust, operating in West Africa. The Prince’s Trust seeks to support disadvantaged young people to transform their lives.
The Prince has now returned to Abuja for the final day of his visit, in Nigeria, today, being Thursday November 8th.