Nigeria, 1964 (June 1)
Ali arrived Lagos in June 1964, after spending 14 days in nearby Ghana. Hundreds of people awaited his arrival at the airport, and many more filled the streets to welcome the champion. Even the announcement of a decision to cut short the length of his visit from the initial full week to three days did not dampen the spirits of crowds that greeted him everywhere he went.
Ali would visit Nigeria again in 1980 to call for an African-wide boycott of the Moscow Olympics.