Anthony Joshua [Photo: @anthonyjoshua]

Word Heavyweight Champion Anthony Joshua was given a hero’s welcome in his hometown, Sagamu, on Wednesday, February 19 after paying homage to the region’s traditional rulers.

The unified heavyweight boxing champion made his appearance in the country since reclaiming his WBA, IBF, WBO and IBO titles from Mexico’s Andy Ruiz at the Diriyah Arena in Saudi Arabia with a convincing 12th round win.

Thousands of fans flanked the boxer during the visit to the Alafin Elepe palace. After the meeting with the traditional rulers, the boxer took pictures with the supporters who came out in large numbers to catch a glimpse of the world champion.

Anthony Joshua [Photo: @anthonyjoshua]

“His visit was impromptu but between minutes of his arrival at the Elepe palace, supporters in their hundreds were on the streets to receive him. I was particularly excited to see him as a son of the soil. His family house is just five houses from mine, so I see us as neigbours,” Fatty Oluwabunmi, a tailor, said.

“The crowd was much, everyone wanted to get a glimpse of the champion. I am happy I saw him. He was just in front of me and I must tell you we are delighted to see him. This is his home, not England, and he is a mentor to so many people around here,” another fan told the Punch.

But the day before, a number of Nigerians were angered by the government as Anthony Joshua got his national identity number in less than a day.

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Anthony Joshua [Photo: @anthonyjoshua]

According to The Guardian, Nigerians at different times have lamented the difficulties in the registration process. In many parts of the country, especially Lagos, citizens arrive at registration points as early as 4:00 am. They are sometimes asked to leave without completing the registration by NIMC officials to return another day.

Born in Watford, Hertfordshire, Anthony Joshua, is known for his loyalty, humility, and love for his home country. He has deep Nigerian roots through his Nigerian-Irish father, Robert Joshua, and mother, Yetunde Odusanya who are both from Sagamu, Ogun state.

Here are some of the reactions from Nigerians on twitter: