How Queen Elizabeth Gave Nigeria Her Independence at Younger Age

How Queen Elizabeth Gave Nigeria Her Independence at Younger Age

  • Elizabeth Alexandra Mary Windsor, popularly known as Queen Elizabeth II, passed away after ruling England for about 70 years.
  • Leaders across the globe have been sending tributes to the longest-serving monarch in the history of the English nation
  • Elizabeth II, who was crowned Queen of the English-speaking nation, gave Nigeria her independence just 7 years after getting the throne in 1960

The longest-serving monarch in the history of the British Empire, Queen Elizabeth II, passed away at the age of 96.

The death of the highly recognised by billions of people globally was announced at Buckingham Palace on Thursday, September 8.

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Queen Elizabeth II gave Nigeria her independence in 1960 Photo Credit: UGC
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How old was Queen Elizabeth II when she was crowned?

Elizabeth Alexandra Mary Windsor was born in London on April 21, 1926, and only became Queen by an accident of history.

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Her father became king George VI in 1936 when his elder brother, Edward VIII, abdicated to marry a twice-divorced American, Wallis Simpson.

That made princess “Lilibet” heir to the throne.

She and her husband, Philip Mountbatten, were in Kenya on February 6, 1952, when news reached them of her father’s death, making her the new monarch.

She returned to Britain immediately and, on June 2, 1953, was crowned Queen of the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, South Africa, Pakistan and Ceylon (modern-day Sri Lanka).

How many nations does the Queen control during her reign?

She automatically became head of state in the United Kingdom and 14 other Commonwealth countries.

With a sense of duty instilled in her since childhood, the Queen carried out hundreds of engagements yearly, from receptions for foreign dignitaries to awarding civilian and military honours and royal visits worldwide.

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Nigeria directly became one of her responsibilities as a colony under the British colonial master. The different battles between the regions in the country had made governance difficult, which was why it was earlier divided into three regions, the north, east and western regions.

At what age does the Queen grant Nigeria independence?

During her reign, the British parliament made an act that gave Nigeria her independence within the commonwealth on October 1, 1960.

The country then get a new constitution, referred to as the independent constitution, that brought about a federal system of government with an elected prime minister and ceremonial head of state.

Thus, Nigeria got her independence when the Queen was age 34 and was named Queen of Nigeria until the country became a republic in 1963

List of monarchs that have been dethroned since beginning of fourth republic earlier reported no less than 10 traditional rulers had been removed across Nigeria since the beginning of the fourth republic

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The traditional rulers were removed for various misconducts, including insubordination, abuse of power, women abuse, and drunkenness (i.e. Eze Joseph Okor, the Ivi of Akaeze in Ebonyi)

Prominent and first-class among traditional rulers are the deposed Emir of Kano, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi II and Adesina Osupa, the Deji of Akure of Ondo state


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