Independence Month Series: October 3, 1960

Princess Alexandra, the Queens representative, formally opened Nigeria’s Independence parliament before a distinguished assembly of people and diplomats. Dr Nnamdi Azikiwe, President of the Nigerian senate and Governor-General-designate, read out the letters meant for the opening of the parliament. The Princess later took a state drive saying an official farewell to Nigerians, and left Lagos.

Later that day, Princess Alexandra of Kent arrived Ibadan to begin a two day official visit to the Western Region in connection with the independence celebrations and Her Royal Highness was met by Sir. Adesoji Aderemi, the Governor and Chief S.L. Akintola, Premier.

The West African Games which the country waited for in anticipation was finally declared open by the Prime Minister, Alhaji Sir Tafawa Balewa at the National Stadium, Lagos.

The Ashby Commission’s report on post-school certificates and higher education in Nigeria today recommended the establishment of four Nigerian Universities, which would be producing 2,800 graduates every year.

On this night at 9pm, at the Lagos Museum, a play entitled “A dance with the forest” by Wole Soyinka was performed.

Princess Alexandra formally opening 1st Nigerian Parliament after Great Britain gave the country independence. (Photo by Mark Kauffman//Time Life Pictures/Getty Images)
Princess Alexandra formally opening 1st Nigerian Parliament after Great Britain gave the country independence. (Photo by Mark Kauffman//Time Life Pictures/Getty Images)

Sources:

  1. Historical Flashback newspaper vol. 3 No. 9
  2. wikipedia.com
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