Independence Day: 15 photos of Nigerians celebrating Independence day in 1960

From fireworks to dance troupes, masquerades, even a state banquet where dignitaries mingled and danced was held.

Nigeria's indepedence at 1960 [Credit - Nigerian Archives]

As expected there were lots of celebrations around the country especially in the then capital, Lagos. From fireworks to dance troupes, masquerades, even a state banquet where dignitaries mingled and danced was held.

The celebrations were also topped by a grand ceremony hosted by the prime minister, Abubakar Tafawa Balewa. At the time, Nnamdi Azikiwe was governor-general, a role shared with Sir James Wilson Robertson.

Queen Elizabeth II, who was still the country's sovereign, was represented by a member of the British royal family, Princess Alexandra.

In celebration of Nigeria's Independence, Pulse has rounded up 15 photos from Nigerians celebrating back in 1960.

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