British boxer of Nigerian descent Anthony Joshua met the traditional rulers in Sagamu on a visit to his parent’s hometown.
Joshua who in December 2019 regained his heavyweight titles with a win over Andy Ruiz Jnr. has made another trip to Nigeria.
During his trip to Nigeria, the 30-year-old visited Sagamu, the hometown of his parents where he met two notable traditional rulers.
The WBA, IBF and WBO heavyweight champions shared a couple of photos on his Instagram Stories of him hanging out with Oba Adewale Osiberu, the Elepe of Epe and Oba Adewale Ajayi who is the Akarigbo of Remo Land.
“Thank you Sagamu for your ongoing support! You have my respect,” the boxer wrote on one of the photos.
Son of the soil
Joshua’s parents Jonathan and Yetunde are from Sagamu.
It is known this is the first time the 30-year-old is visiting Sagamu although he once spent six months at a boarding school in Ikenne, a village close to Sagamu.
Joshua is hugely popular in Sagamu first from his ancestry which is headed by his great-grandfather Adebambo Joshua whose influence in Sagamu is vast, with his houses, lands, church, school, properties scattered all over the town.
Joshua’s popularity grew bigger with his success in boxing in Sagamu where there is usually a big event around every one of his fights.
naijaeasyzone Sports have made several trips to Sagamu to explore Joshua’s connection to the town and spoke to Oba Adewale Osiberu who said the boxer embodies the spirit of a true Sagamu son.
“Joshua family is a very popular family here and they occupy a very big area in the community. If you come into Sagamu and you say you are going to the Joshua family house, they will get you right there,” Oba Osiberu told Pulse Sports.
“The mum actually grew up in Sagamu here, the great-grand mother’s home is actually on this street, so nobody can doubt that he is from Sagamu.
“The fact that he grew up in the UK does not erode the fact that he is a Nigerian.”
Before his visit to Sagamu, Joshua enrolled for his National Identification Number with the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC).