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Thank You: Meghan Markle Writes Oluwo, Ignores Controversies

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Meghan Markle recently expressed her deep connection to Nigeria in a touching letter addressed to the Oluwo of Iwo, a prominent traditional ruler in the South West.

This came after she and Prince Harry embarked on a three-day visit to Nigeria where they were warmly received by several Nigerian dignitaries in Abuja, Lagos and other parts of Nigeria.

During their visit, Markle was honoured by Oba Abdulrosheed Akanbi, who bestowed upon her the traditional Yoruba name “Adetokunbo.”

Details of the letter were released by Iwo palace officials.

Markle thanked the Oluwo for the warm welcome and  honor, writing, “Your Imperial Majesty, thank you for your warm welcome to Nigeria.

“I am deeply humbled by your blessing of the traditional Yoruba name, Adetokunbo. I treasure the name and appreciate your trust in me to carry it with grace and dignity.”

“Our visit to Nigeria was important for many reasons, but not least because it gave us an opportunity to explore and understand my heritage, which extends to our children. We look forward to coming back home one day soon”

The visit was particularly meaningful for Markle as it provided an opportunity to explore her Nigerian heritage, which she has discovered extends to her children.

Markle expressed her eagerness to return, signing off her letter as Meghan, Duchess of Sussex.

Invited by Nigeria’s chief of defense staff, the Sussexes’ trip included meeting with service members and their families, and participating in traditional cultural practices.

They were warmly received and left with over 20 gifts, ranging from artwork and clothing to jewelry and literature.

Reflecting on their trip, Markle shared with People magazine, “It was such warm hospitality and it was a really meaningful trip. It was incredibly memorable and special. That alone is the best souvenir to take with us—all the memories we’ve made.”

As they are no longer senior working members of the royal family, the couple were permitted to accept the gifts.

Prince Harry highlighted the importance of such trips for their personal and philanthropic missions, stating, “These trips are about us being able to go out and focus on the things that mean so much to us and support the causes that are close to our heart.”

Looking ahead, Prince Harry hinted at future trips to Nigeria, emphasizing the strong bond they have developed with the country.

Their visit follows Markle’s revelation on her podcast “Archetypes” that she is 43% Nigerian, a discovery that has deepened her connection to the nation.

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