Queen Elizabeth’s First Visit to Nigeria (Photos and Video)

Queen Elizabeth in Nigeria,1956
Queen Elizabeth II in Nigeria,1956

​The Queen of England, Queen Elizabeth II, visited Nigeria for the first time on the 28th of January, 1956, four years to Nigeria’s independence, and stayed for 20 days. She was welcomed at the Ikeja Airport, Lagos, with a military parade and by dignitaries such as the then Governor-General, Sir James Robertson, his wife, the Minister of Labour, Festus Okotie-Eboh and the Oba of Benin, Oba Akenzua II.

Oba Akenzua II and Queen Elizabeth II
Oba Akenzua II and Queen Elizabeth II

The streets of Lagos were decorated with banners and flags and were also crowded by Nigerians who were eager to see the Queen. Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh were driven past the cheering crowds in an open car to the Municipal Boundary. Queen Elizabeth II also met with the Oba of Lagos, Oba Adeniji-Adele II who married five wives and birthed twenty five children. Little Folashade Lawson, daughter of Chairman of Lagos Town Council, presented Queen Elizabeth II a bouquet on her knees.

Queen Elizabeth and Awolowo
Queen Elizabeth and Awolowo

Before the Queen left on the 16th of February, 1956, she visited other parts of Nigeria such as Port Harcourt and Kaduna where she graced the Dubar festival.

Below is the footage of the Queen’s visit in 1956. Enjoy.

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