The first time was on February 27, 1956. Then, she was just four years into her reign as the Queen of England. During her visit, she spent a lot of her stay in the northern part of the country. She spent 20 days in the Nigeria.
Her second visit to Nigeria was in 2003, when she attended a 52-nation Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) summit of Britain and its former colonies. She spent just 2 days in Nigeria.
During her first visit to Nigeria, she was chauffeured around in a 1952 long wheelbase Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith LWB with registration number ALW 11.
The 4-door cabrolet car had a chassis made by Hooper & Co. The Body No. was 9867 and Design No. 8335. It had lights embedded into the front fenders, which is quite different from any other silver wraith.
However, the ownership of this Rolls-Royce has recently been a subject of controversy.
Some group believe that the British authorities in colonial Nigeria “borrowed” the Rolls Royce for the occasion from the wealthiest Nigerian at the time, Sir Louis Ojukwu – the father of Dim Odimegwu Ojukwu.
However, there is another strong argument that support the belief that the car was borrowed from the then Emir of Kano, Emir Muhammadu Sanusi I – father of the current Emir of Kano.
So, who actually owned the Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith that the Queen of England rode in?