Princess Alexandra of Kent, cousin of Queen Elizabeth of England, attended Sept 29 a national pageant of Nigeria a Lagos, the capital, to herald the coming of the British colony's independence Oct 1.
GTV. Crowds assembled on Cagos racecourse for pageant.
SV. Nigerian Prime Minister Sir Abubakar Tafawa Balewa and the Sardauna of Sokoto.
BACK V.Princess Alexandra teats people.
LV. About to enter stand.
SV. Children wave.
BACK V.Princess and Tafawa up steps into stand
SV. Princess and Tafawa which in stand
SV. Band marches past.
SV. Princess, Tafawa Watch in stand.
GV.PAN. Schoolchildren march past.
SV. Girls march past.
CU. Boys march past.
LV. Men pull float.
CU. Men row on float.
LV. Sail float past.
CU. Float past 'Market Woman Union Federated
CU. Man's acrobatics on ground
CU. Man's acrobatics, runs on hands and feet
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SV. Children wave
LV. Princess in or waves to crowds.
SV. Children wave.
CU.PAN.Princess in car waves to crowds.
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Background: Princess Alexandra of Kent, cousin of Queen Elizabeth of England, attended Sept 29 a national pageant of Nigeria a Lagos, the capital, to herald the coming of the British colony's independence Oct 1.
Among the 20,000 spectators were the heads of delegations attending the independence celebrations. The emphasis of the pageant was on youth and the role ahead, after 60 years of British rule, in the new Nigeria - Africa's most populous nation (38 million).
Greeting the Princess were white-robed Nigerian Federal Minister Sir Abubakar Tafawa Balewa and the Prime Minister of the northern region of the country, the Sardauna of Sokoto, Alahaji Sir Ahmadu Bello and the last British Governor-General Sir James Robertson.
To open the pageant, some 15,000 school children marched past the Princess - including Scouts, Guides, Junior Red Cross units and training centre students. The British national anthem resounded at the opening. For the closing: Nigeria's anthem sung for the first time at a major public event.
Floats depicted youth leadership and features of everyday life - fishing, agriculture and retail trades. Acrobats gave a spectacular display. Princess Alexandra afterwards drove round the pageant arena - on the City racecourse - to greet the crowds.