Queen Elizabeth II’s “Relationship” With Nigeria in Pictures

September 10, 2022

Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom has died after 96 long years on this rock planet. She ascended the throne in 1952, just eight years before Nigeria finally became independent from the colonial grips of her British empire.

We look at her relationship with Nigeria through the lenses of many cameras over the decades.

1956: Queen Elizabeth II’s first time in Nigeria

Queen Elizabeth’s first excursion visit to Nigeria happened in 1956. She spent 20 days after landing on January 28th, making a lit entrance in this borrow-pose Rolls Royce:

Queen Elizabeth II's "Relationship" With Nigeria in Pictures

Here are a lot of black and white pictures from the visit:

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Queen Elizabeth II's "Relationship" With Nigeria in Pictures

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Queen Elizabeth II's "Relationship" With Nigeria in Pictures

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[Image Source: Nigerian Nostalgia Project]

[Image Source: Nigerian Nostalgia Project]

Queen Elizabeth II's "Relationship" With Nigeria in Pictures

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Queen Elizabeth II's "Relationship" With Nigeria in Pictures

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The Queen got some colourful pictures too:

Queen Elizabeth II's "Relationship" With Nigeria in Pictures

[Image Source: Nigerian Nostalgia Project]

Queen Elizabeth II's "Relationship" With Nigeria in Pictures

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Queen Elizabeth II's "Relationship" With Nigeria in Pictures

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[Image Source: Nigerian Nostalgia Project]

And she had adoring fans at the time too, or people who just needed to make their urgent ₦2k:

Queen Elizabeth II's "Relationship" With Nigeria in Pictures

[Image Source: Nigerian Nostalgia Project]

2003: Queen Elizabeth II’s reunion with Nigeria

Queen Elizabeth visited Nigeria a second time for the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) summit in 2003. She spent only two days, so you only get two pictures from her visit.

President Olusegun Obasanjo played host: 

Queen Elizabeth II's "Relationship" With Nigeria in Pictures

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Handshakes with Nigerian presidents

President Obasanjo was Nigeria’s only democratic president to host Queen Elizabeth, but she hosted others in her country.

Like President Yar’Adua:

Queen Elizabeth II's "Relationship" With Nigeria in Pictures

[Image Source: Dominic Lipinski/PA Images]

Queen Elizabeth II's "Relationship" With Nigeria in Pictures

President Jonathan and his orange juice:

Queen Elizabeth II's "Relationship" With Nigeria in Pictures

[Image Source: Getty Images]

She also shook hands with this guy:

Queen Elizabeth II's "Relationship" With Nigeria in Pictures

[Image Source: Presidency]

…on more than one occasion:

Queen Elizabeth II's "Relationship" With Nigeria in Pictures

[Image Source: Presidency]

And then, there was this one time she synced in formation with the Nigerian High Commissioner, George Oguntade:

Queen Elizabeth II's "Relationship" With Nigeria in Pictures

[Image Source: Vogue]

ALSO READ: But How Does Queen Elizabeth II’s Death Affect Nigeria?

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