Barring any last minute change, Nigeria will be visited by a representative of her past colonial masters.

British Prime Minister Theresa May will visit three African countries, including Nigeria, on Wednesday.

According to a statement by the UK government, May will meet with President Muhammadu Buhari in Abuja and also spend time in Lagos, where she is expected to visit victims of modern slavery.

She will also visit Kenya and South Africa.

The visit comes at a time the UK is moving towards Brexit and seeking to invest in and work alongside African nations, with mutual benefits.

The prime minister will be joined by a business delegation made up of 29 representatives from UK businesses – half of which are small and medium enterprises SMEs – from across all regions of the UK and its devolved administrations.

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“The Prime Minister’s central message will be focused on a renewed partnership between the UK and Africa, which will seek to maximise shared opportunities and tackle common challenges in a continent that is growing at a rapid pace – from the Sahara to South Africa,” the UK government said in a statement.

“As Africa seeks to meet the needs of its growing population the visit will also emphasise that it is in the world’s interest to help secure African stability, jobs and growth because conflict, poor work prospects and economic instability will continue to encourage migration and dangerous journeys to Europe.

“Because nations cannot prosper without security, the prime minister will also use the visit to announce further support to tackle instability across the region.”

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