Queen Elizabeth meets students during a trip in Lagos, 1955.

Queen Elizabeth meets students during a trip in Lagos, 1955.

Queen Elizabeth meets students during a trip to Lagos, Nigeria in 1955.
Back in the late 1800s, European powers were rushing to carve up the “magnificent African cake” for its rich natural resources, expanding territory as quickly as possible. Though Britain officially colonized Nigeria from 1900 to 1960, its presence was felt in the region as early as the 1800s.

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