“1956 Queen Of England Historical Visit:Benin”


Here Oba Akenzua II of Benin greating Queen Elizabeth II of England while the Premier of the region Chief Obafemi Awolowo to the left and her husband Prince Phillip on the right.

1956, four years before Nigeria independence. Western part of Nigeria had a regional government in place ahead of northern and Easter part. Because of feudal system, north were not ready for regional self government.

Benin was as at then part of western region, which later became the seat of mid-western region created after the independence or thereabout to curtail  the influence of western region.

In the photograph, the Oba displayed Bini bead culture which is still relevant today.

Photograph source: Ossai Ovie Success.