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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry step out for the first Outing of Nigeria tour

The Duke and Duchess from Sussex landed in Nigeria on Friday, May 10 and headed for a special visit to a school in the country’s capital, Abuja



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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry kick off their first outing in Nigeria with a special school visit.

On Friday, May 10, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex visited the Lightway Academy with the GEANCO Foundation in Abuja after arriving in an African country earlier in the day.

Meghan, 42, and Harry, 39, were photographed arriving at the school, where they were greeted with hugs and a welcome banner lined with flowers that read: “We are honored to have you!” along with a performance by local singers and dancers.

Meghan applauded a performer who reversed in front of her and told them, “Bravo!”

The Duchess wore a peach maxi dress for the outing, while Harry wore a matching beige shirt and trousers. The couple also received necklaces with wooden beads.

After being greeted by the CEO of GEANCO, the couple met the school’s founder, Oprah Adi, 75, and her daughter Joyce Agbese, the principal of the 200-student school.



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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry visit the Lightway Academy in Abuja

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Located in the heart of Nigeria’s capital, Lightway Academy is a co-educational day school offering pre-school, nursery, primary and secondary education.

Last year, the couple’s Archewell Foundation announced the donation of school supplies and menstrual products to young women in Nigeria, in partnership with the GEANCO Foundation, which provides critical healthcare and education services in Nigeria.

The foundation’s David Oyelowo Leadership Scholarship provides comprehensive education, medical care, and social and emotional support to young female victims of terrorism and gender inequality in Nigeria.

Archewell Foundation support also provides menstrual health education to 2,500 girls everywhere GEANCO operates, supporting the well-being of young women in school.



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During their visit to Lightway Academy, Meghan and Harry met with officials and children from the school, while Harry also gave a speech about mental health.

“There’s no shame in being able to admit that today is a bad day, okay?” The Duke said in part. “That you woke up sad this morning, that you were at school, you felt stressed, that you lost a loved one in your family and you don’t know who to turn to or who to talk to. All these things you might even may think it’s not for a conversation.”

Harry added that he and Meghan were “here today to tell you that is not the case.”

Delivering her own speech, Meghan continued: “We are honored that our first visit to Nigeria can be here with all of you. We believe in you, we believe in your teachers and we believe in your ability to continue to tell your stories and just be honest with each other. There is no need to suffer in silence.”

“Make sure you’re taking care of yourself, and that starts with mental health, by really talking,” Meghan added.

Meghan and Harry’s visit to Nigeria marks their first official international tour since stepping back from their royal roles in 2020.

The couple was invited to Nigeria by the Chief of Defense Staff, the highest military official.

The visit follows Harry’s recent trip to Britain to mark the 10th anniversary of the Invictus Games.

After their school visit, the couple will meet with the Chief of Defense Staff. In the afternoon Harry will meet wounded soldiers in a military hospital.



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On Saturday they will attend a training by the organization Nigeria: Unconquered and a reception by the Chief of Defense Staff to honor military families. Later, Meghan will work with Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Director-General of the World Trade Organization, to organize a Women in Leadership event.

On Sunday, the Duke and Duchess will attend a basketball clinic with Giants of Africa, a cultural reception and a polo fundraiser for Nigeria: Unconquered.

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