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As Scheduled, Prince Harry, Meghan Arrive Nigeria, Campaign For Mental Health

Ola ‘Kiya, Reporting

AS scheduled, Prince Harry and his wife, Meghan Markle, have arrived in Nigeria on Friday as part of their promotion of the Invictus Games, the sporting event Harry founded for wounded military veterans.

The couple arrived Friday in the Nigerian capital, Abuja, where they visited a school to open an event on mental health for students there.

As Scheduled, Prince Harry, Meghan In Nigeria, Campaign For Mental Health

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle being entertained. Photo AFP

Greeted by a drum and dance group from the Igbo ethnic group, Prince Harry and Megan toured the Lightway Academy where they were welcomed by enthusiastic pupils.

“If you take anything away from today, just know that mental health affects every single person,” he told students, wearing a traditional Nigerian bead necklace around his neck.

“The more you talk about it the more you can kick stigma away.”

As Scheduled, Prince Harry, Meghan In Nigeria, Campaign For Mental Health

Britain’s Prince Harry (L), Duke of Sussex, and Britain’s Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, arrive at the Lightway Academy in Abuja on May 10, 2024, as they visit Nigeria as part of celebrations of the Invictus Games anniversary. (Photo by Kola SULAIMON / AFP)

Meghan joined the Duke of Sussex on the stage before they left for a meeting with Nigerian military commanders as part of the Invictus programme.

“It was really cool. I just wanted to touch him,” said student Nnena Edeh, 13, as the prince left the school. “It was really inspiring.”

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Prince Harry was in London on Wednesday to mark the 10th anniversary of the games.

As with all his trips to the UK since he moved to the United States in 2020, his visit prompted fresh speculation over a reconciliation with his family.

As Scheduled, Prince Harry, Meghan In Nigeria, Campaign For Mental Health

Britain’s Prince Harry (R), Duke of Sussex, and Britain’s Meghan (L), Duchess of Sussex, arrive at the Lightway Academy in Abuja on May 10, 2024, as they visit Nigeria as part of celebrations of the Invictus Games anniversary. (Photo by Kola SULAIMON / AFP)

Harry, a former army captain who served as a helicopter pilot in Afghanistan, founded Invictus in 2014.

Since then, the games have expanded boosting rehabilitation through sports.

Last year, former Nigerian soldier, Peacemaker Azuegbulam, who lost his leg in combat, became the first African to win gold at the games in Germany.

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Nigeria’s military said on Thursday that Harry would take part in a sporting event in the capital and also travel to Kaduna in Nigeria’s northwest to visit a military hospital and speak with troops wounded in combat.

He would later travel to the country’s economic capital Lagos.

Nigeria’s military forces are battling armed groups on several fronts.

As Scheduled, Prince Harry, Meghan In Nigeria, Campaign For Mental Health

Britain’s Meghan, Duchess of Sussex (1st row 2nd R), takes a selfie with students as she arrives with Britain’s Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, during their visit at the Lightway Academy in Abuja on May 10, 2024, as they visit Nigeria as part of celebrations of Invictus Games anniversary. (Photo by Kola SULAIMON / AFP)

A grinding jihadist insurgency in the country’s northeast has killed more than 40,000 people and displaced another two million more since 2009.

In northwestern and central states, heavily armed criminal gangs, known locally as bandits, carry out mass kidnappings for ransom and raid villages from camps hidden deep in remote forests.

AFP

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