US-based Nigerian boxer Raphael Igbokwe returns, meets Abike Dabiri in Abuja

Raphael Igbokwe and Abike Dabiri-Erewa

Nigerian boxer based in the United States Raphael Igbokwe aka Trouble has expressed his excitement to be back home after 12 years.

Igbokwe paid a courtesy visit to the chairman/CEO of Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NiDCOM) Abike Dabiri-Erewa at her office in Abuja on Wednesday.

“This is the best time I have had in my life, I am super excited to be back home in Nigeria. I love Nigeria,” Igbokwe said.

The boxer, who was very elated, described Nigeria as his home, adding that coming home is the best decision he has made.

The NiDCOM boss appreciated him for making Nigeria proud. “You make me proud to be a Nigerian,” she added.

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Mrs Dabiri-Erewa urged Igbokwe to continue to be a role model to Nigerians, while noting that the country is proud of him.

“We want to work with you to harness the many talents out there and mentor these youths. There is so much we will be doing together,” she said.

Dabiri-Erewa encouraged him to continue to be a good ambassador of the country, narrating that the commission has established a diaspora sports mentorship programme to facilitate diaspora skills transfer in sports.

Igbokwe is a middleweight boxing champion based in Houston, Texas, USA. He is credited to have 18 wins, three losses and 11 knockouts.