Mind-blowing: The first Igbo man to own a Car


The first igbo man to own a car was Igwe Orizu I (Eze Ugbonyamba) of Nnewi in c.1920.

He was the father of Nigeria’s former acting President, Prince Abyssinia Nwafor Orizu.

When the car was brought for Igwe Orizu from Lagos, the European Provincial officer at Onitsha was invited to see the vehicle and share with the chief in his joy.

He came to the palace on a motorcycle, inspected the car which, thereafter, had ON1 (that is Onitsha 1) as its registration number. Thus, it was the first car in Onitsha Province and, probably, in all Eastern Region of Nigeria.


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