COINCIDENCES: Of Queen Elizabeth and Nigerian First Ladies

Posted by Augustine Togonu-Bickersteth | 7 August 2013 | 5,736 times

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Queen Elizabeth I of England became Queen on November 17, 1558. She succeeded Mary 1, Queen of Scots. She brought about a golden age and greatness to England. She lived in the same times as the dramatist William Shakespeare (WS).

Queen Elizabeth I had cause to observe January 15, the anniversary of her coronation ceremony.
She died on March 24, 1603.

Maryam Abacha became First Lady of Nigeria on November 17, 1993. She succeeded Maryam Babangida and lived in the same times as Nobel Laureate Wole Soyinka (WS). Soyinka has been compared with William Shakespeare and is fondly addressed as “Our own WS” by some Nigerians.

As a soldier’s wife Maryam Abacha had cause to mark January 15, the Armed Forces Remembrance day.

Maryam Abacha was born on March 4, 1947. She handed over to (First Lady) Justice Fati Lami Abubakar, an old girl of Queen Elizabeth School, Ilorin, Kwara State of Nigeria.

Also, First Lady Patience Jonathan has cause to celebrate Queen Elizabeth because her husband, President Goodluck Jonathan, was born on November 20, 1957, the tenth wedding anniversary of Queen Elizabeth II, who tied the proverbial knot on November 20, 1947.

COINCIDENCES appears fortnightly on Wednesdays. The columnist, Augustine Togonu-Bickersteth, is based in England, Britain, but can be reached via e-mail through or

Source: News Express

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