Who was the real owner of the Rolls-Royce used by Queen Elizabeth II during her first visit to Nigeria?


We know for a fact that Queen Elizabeth II and her Husband, Prince Philip and Duke of Edinburg visited our country twice. The most recent time was 15 years ago when she attended the 23rd Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting summit of Britain and its former colonies. That time, she stayed 2 days in Nigeria.

Her first visit to Nigeria was on February 27, 1956 when she was just 4 years into her reign as the Queen of the United Kingdom. During her first visit (lasting 20 days), she spent most of the time in the Northern Region and she got around in a 1952 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith LWB.

This classic 4-door convertible sits on a chassis made by Hooper & Co. The Design No. was 8335 and the Body No. was 9867. Dissimilar to other Wraith, this Wraith of the Queen features headlights embedded into its front fenders.

So, who was the real owner of this special Rolls-Royce?

Rumor had it that the British authorities in colonial Nigeria “borrowed” the cabriolet for the occasion from Dim Odimegwu Ojukwu’s father Sir Louis Ojukwu – the richest Nigerian at that time. On the other hand, some claimed that the current Emir of Kano’s father – Emir Mulhammadu Sanus I lent out the car to the British authorities. And the precise answer is that the Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith ALW 11 is a royal heritage of the Emir of Kano.

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