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.
Late Chief Jeremiah Obafemi Awolowo. The former Premier of old Western Region of Nigeria.
Brought the First Television Station in Africa Western Nigeria Television, WNTV.
His regional government built 25 stories Cocoa House, in Ibadan in the 60s.
He brought so many first. It was an era Nigeria was ahead of so many developing countries like Singapore, Malaysia, brazil etc.
He was the major opponent of first President, Alhaji Sheu Shagari who recently turned 90 years.
“He was the president Nigeria never had” said the late Biafran war lord Ikemba Emeka O. Ojukwu when Chief Awolowo died in 1987.
Quite unfortunately, so many civilian leaders that has ruled Nigeria were not prepared to lead, they got it on a platter of gold. They were just doing trial and error. That is why we’ve fallen back. If a student does not study hard to prepare for examination, would the student pass? I doubt it.
Awolowo was denied the mantle of leadership of Nigeria. Likewise Moshood Kasimawo Abiola. Those that prepared very well. And today the #Change anchorman #GMB has prepared for a positive turnaroud of this nation.
You may not vote for him if you think this nation is not in bad shape.