Tuesday, July 27

The misunderstanding that gave rise to the legend that Queen Victoria of England married an African king

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Queen Victoria in 1859. Victoria (1819-1901)

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Queen Victoria was known as “The Queen of All Whites” due to a bad translation.

Nigerian novelist Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani wrote for BBC News Africa about a throne that is reserved for the Queen of England in the West African state.

There is a myth among the Efik people of southern Nigeria that one of their 19th century kings was married to Queen Victoria of England.

“I first found out around 2001, when at the museum we a very interesting correspondence between Queen Victoria and King Eyamba“says Donald Duke.

The 60-year-old Duke undertook extensive renovations to the national museum and also established a slave trade museum in the Cross River state capital city of Calabar when he was governor between 1999 and 2007.


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