First Nigerian ruler to visit England

The traditional title “Alake of Egbaland” is the title for the paramount Yoruba king of the Egba, a clan which is located in Abeokuta, Ogun State, southwestern Nigeria, and consists of Egba Ake, Owu kingdom, Oke-Ona and Gbagura.

First Nigerian ruler to visit England

In May 1904, the Alake of Egba, Oba Gbadebo I, who is the grandfather of the current Alake (Adedotun Aremu Gbadebo III, born 14 September 1943) became the first Nigerian monarch to visit England. It was a State visit which was at the invitation of King Edward VII.

According to historical accounts, Oba Gbadebo I spent 20 days travelling there by Sea. Upon arriving at England, he stayed at Buckingham Palace and worshipped at Westminster Abbey during his trip. He was presented with a huge Holy Bible by his host, Edward VII.

First Nigerian ruler to visit England

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First Nigerian ruler to visit England

In the photo above, the king is seen flanked by his aides, Crown Prince Ladapo Ademola(left) and Adegboyega Edun(right), who was Secretary of the Egba United Government. Buckingham Palace, 1904.

First Nigerian ruler to visit England

Here he is seen with his entourage on the way to the Dereham Agricultural Show, 1904.

First Nigerian ruler to visit England

The Alake with his aide Adegboyega Edun on their way to a function, England 1904.

First Nigerian ruler to visit England

Alake arriving at the CMS Headquarters in Salisbury Square, London.

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