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During her visit to Nigeria alongside Prince Harry, Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, expressed her gratitude for discovering her Nigerian heritage through a genealogy test, calling it a “humbling” experience.


Engaging with women in the West African nation, Meghan acknowledged Nigeria as a significant part of her identity, referring to it as “my country.”

Speaking at an event focused on women in leadership, co-hosted by Nigerian economist and head of the World Trade Organization (WTO), Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Meghan shared her newfound appreciation for her heritage.

She described the revelation as “eye-opening” and emphasized the qualities attributed to Nigerian women—bravery, resilience, courage, and beauty—as compliments to her.

Having revealed on a podcast in October 2022 that she is “43% Nigerian,” Meghan recalled her excitement upon sharing the news with her mother, highlighting the significance of understanding one’s lineage and background, particularly for someone of African American descent.

During the event, attendees suggested Nigerian names for Meghan, with “Ifeoma,” meaning ‘a treasured thing,’ and “Omowale,” meaning ‘the child has come home,’ among the proposals.

Footage from the event

Meghan engaged in discussions with female industry leaders, including Okonjo-Iweala, on mentorship for young women and the challenges faced by women in leadership roles in Nigeria.

Reflecting on her historic appointment as the first woman and first African to lead the WTO, Okonjo-Iweala expressed mixed feelings, emphasizing the importance of gender equality and the need to eliminate the notion of “the first woman” in various positions of authority.


Meghan advocated for mentorship and urged successful individuals, like Okonjo-Iweala, to “return home” to inspire the next generation.

She emphasized the importance of representation and being relatable role models for young girls.

Earlier in the day, Meghan attended a sitting volleyball match between Prince Harry’s Invictus Games team and the Nigerian military team, interacting with players, families, and supporters.

Grateful for the warm reception, Meghan received a traditional Nigerian fabric from a group of women, highlighting the couple’s widespread support and admiration in Nigeria.

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