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Buhari to confer national honour on Anthony Joshua

Buhari to confer national honour on Anthony Joshua

Nigerian-born British boxer Anthony Joshua is among the latest recipients of the national honours to be presented by President Muhammadu Buhari at the State House, Abuja on October 11.

The full list of the 437 individuals scheduled to be awarded different national honours which was seen by BoldSportng saw Joshua as the only sportsman on the list.

Joshua will be awarded the Officer of the Federal Republic as one of the 64 Nigerians in that category of awards.

BoldSportng had earlier reported that President Muhammadu Buhari conferred different national honours on athletes on won medals at the World Athletics Championships in the USA and the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, UK.

World record holder in the women’s 100m hurdles and World Champion Tobi Amusan, silver medallist in the long jump event at the World Championships Ese Brume, Olympics wrestling silver medallist Blessing Oborodudu and gold medallist in the Commonwealth Games powerlifting event at World Record holder Folashade Oluwafemiayo were awarded the Officer of the Order of the Niger, OON.

Odunayo Adekuroye, Taiwo Liadi, Ikechukwu Obichukwu, Bose Omolayo, Favour Ofili, Nasiru Sule, Ifechukwude Ikpeoyi, Ebikewenimo Welson, Hannah Rueben and Elizabeth Oshoba all got the Member of the Order of the Niger national honour.

Joshua who was a former World Heavyweight Champion was in 2018 awarded the Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, OBE by the then Prince Charles after retaining his WBA, IBF and WBO titles.

He was previously awarded a Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, MBE back in 2013 for his success at the London 2012 Olympics where he won gold in the heavyweight boxing.

Joshua’s ancestral roots is traced to Sagamu in Ogun State.

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