May 10, 2024

Photos: ‘Talking about mental health removes stigma,’ Prince Harry tells students in Abuja

Photos: 'Talking about mental health removes stigma,' Prince Harry tells students in Abuja

Britain’s Prince Harry (2nd left), Duke of Sussex, and Britain’s Meghan (left), Duchess of Sussex, look at people dancing as they arrive at the Lightway Academy in Abuja on May 10, 2024 as they visit Nigeria as part of celebrations of Invictus Games anniversary. Photo: Kola SULAIMON / AFP.

Prince Harry, the Duke of Sussex, the United Kingdom, has told some Nigerian students that the more the talk about mental health, the better for the fight against stigma. He said this in Abuja today.

Prince Harry and his wife Meghan Markle visited Nigeria today, Friday, as part of his promotion of the Invictus Games.

Invictus Games are a sporting event founded by Harry for wounded military veterans.

The couple arrived Friday in the Nigerian capital Abuja, where they visited a school to open an event on mental health for students there.

Excitedly, greeted by a drum and dance group from the Igbo ethnic group, Prince Harry and Meghan toured the Lightway Academy, where they were welcomed by pupils.

Mental health

Speaking to students, Harry, wearing a traditional Nigerian bead necklace around his neck, said: “If you take anything away from today, just know that mental health affects every single person.

“The more you talk about it the more you can kick stigma away.”

Also, Meghan joined the Duke of Sussex on the stage. Then they left for a meeting with Nigerian military commanders as part of the Invictus programme.

Students’ reaction

Reacting, a student Nnena Edeh, 13, as the prince left the school, said: “It was really cool. I just wanted to touch him. It was really inspiring.”

Earlier, Prince Harry was in London on Wednesday to mark the 10th anniversary of the games.

Notably, as with all his trips to the UK since he moved to the United States in 2020, his visit prompted fresh speculation over a reconciliation with his family.


Harry, a former army captain who served as a helicopter pilot in Afghanistan, founded Invictus in 2014. Since then the games have expanded, boosting rehabilitation through sports.

Last year, former Nigerian soldier Peacemaker Azuegbulam, who lost his leg in combat, became the first African to win a gold at the games in Germany.


Also, Nigeria’s military said on Thursday that Harry would take part in a sporting event in the capital.

And he will travel to Kaduna in Nigeria’s northwest to visit a military hospital and speak with troops wounded in combat.

Furthermore, he would later travel to the country’s economic capital Lagos.

Recall that Nigeria’s military forces are battling armed groups on several fronts.

A grinding jihadist insurgency in the country’s northeast has killed more than 40,000 people and displaced another 2 million more since 2009.

In northwestern and central states, heavily armed criminal gangs known locally as bandits carry out mass kidnappings for ransom. They also raid villages from camps hidden deep in remote forests.

Meanwhile, below are more photos, by Kola SULAIMON / AFP, from the event:

Britain’s Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex (right), and his wife, Meghan, at the Lightway Academy in Abuja today, Friday, May 10 as they visit Nigeria as part of celebrations of Invictus Games anniversary.

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