Muhammad Ali with Nigeria Ambassador to U.N. Simeon Adebo at the Nigerian mission office in New York City on March 4, 1964.
Adebo thanked Ali for befriending Nigerian boxer Dick Tiger and invited him to visit Nigeria. Adebo also encouraged him to accept the responsibilities that came with being champion, a champion recognized by black people all over the world. “You are not now what you were before the fight,” he said. As the champion of the world, Adebo advised, he possessed cultural power, the kind of power that could unify black people “in the name of world brotherhood.”
It was about this time that Malcolm X and Ali made plans to travel together worldwide.