Nigeria-born Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Interim Middleweight Champion, Israel Adesanya who base currently in New Zealand, ‘The Last Stylebender’ Adesanya met with Governor of Ogun State, Senator Ibikunle Amosun at his Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta office, on Thursday. Nigeria’s Israel Adesanya could not hide his joy yesterday at finally being home after a long while outside the country. Yesterday was the second day of Adesanya’s visit to his fatherland which he left 16 years ago.
Adesanya, who defeated America’s Kelvin Gastelum during a UFC 236 fight in Atlanta, USA a few weeks ago, was the cynosure of all eyes at a four star hotel in Victoria Island, Lagos yesterday, with friends, relatives and boxing fans pushing to take photographs with him. It was the same scenario at the Murtala Mohammed International airport on Tuesday afternoon when Adesanya and his team from New Zealand arrived in Lagos, as immigration officers and other security personnel at the airport ‘abandoned’ their duty post to take photographs with the combat fighter.
Adesanya said, “I left Nigeria at the age of 11 years, and it is wonderful to be back again.I decided to sneak in because I wanted it so for now. But I will come back soon, probably with Kamaru Usman (the ‘Nigerian Nightmare’ and first African fighter to win a UFC title). I have enjoyed myself since I came into Lagos on Tuesday. I have eaten a lot of our local food. I started with suya, and this morning, I eat ewa agoyin (beans prepared locally). I will head for a special amala joint this evening,” he stated.