Kenya has become the sixth country to welcome the Gold Coast 2018 Queen’s Baton as the countdown continues towards the Commonwealth Games.
The countries of Sierra Leone, Ghana and Uganda have all hosted the Baton since its launch on Commonwealth Day on Mrch 13 at Buckingham Palace in London, with Cameroon and Nigeria the latest visited.
Cameroon hosted the Baton from March 29 to April 1, with its journey beginning with a relay through the streets of the capital city Yaoundé from the Reunification Monument to City Council Hall.
It was greeted there by athletes and Para-athletes, who have marked the national sports movement with volleyball, marathon, basketball, long-distance running and rollerblading, as well as children from local minority and vulnerable communities.
The children stood with officials from charity UNICEF to share personal messages of their struggle for the right to education and protection, with Government delegates present.
Several schools were visited during the Baton’s stay, including a number which are part of the Gold Coast 2018 Schools Connect programme, where they share ties with their counterparts in Australia.
Prime Minister Philemon Yang was the last dignitary to receive the Baton in Cameroon before it travelled to Nigeria as its African tour continued.
Arriving in Nigeria last Sunday (April 2), the Baton spent three-days in the country, which included the one-year to go milestone until the Games.
The Baton reached the country’s capital Lagos on Tuesday (April 4) as part of those festivities, with the Nigerian Government pledging to support their athletes towards success next year.
Atlanta 1996 long jump champion Chioma Ajunwa, Sydney 2000 Olympic 400 metres gold medallist Enefiok Udo-Obong and Auckland 1990 Commonwealth Games long jump gold medal winner Yusuf Alli were among those to follow the Baton.
Each currently helps provide coaching and mentoring to future athletes, including sprinters Chiamaka Egbochinam and Joy Udo-Gabriel, as well as long jumper Ruth Usoro.
They were among those to carry the Baton, which was also greeted by Oba S.A. Elegushi, a king of Lagos State.
Greensprings School also greeted the Baton, with their students enjoying a holiday football camp opened by former Nigerian international and Arsenal player Nwankwo Kanu.
The Baton then arrived in Kenya on (Wednesday) April 5, where it will remain until tomorrow.
Tanzania, Seychelles, Mauritius, Malawi, Zambia, Namibia and Botswana will then be the next stops on the Baton's route before it heads to Mozambique, Swaziland, Lesotho and South Africa.
Batonbearer nominations remain open to the Australian public, with the Baton set to reach the country with 100 days to go.