A sneak peek into Emir of Kano’s Rolls-Royce collection


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The present Emir of Kano might have inherited some of these Rolls-Royces but surely loves being chauffeured around in them. See his Rolls Royce car collection!

There is a very strong connection between royalty and Rolls Royce brand. This is why many prominent Nigerian traditional rulers have become accustomed to having at least one in their illustrious garage. Such is the case with the present Emir of Kano, Alhaji Muhammadu Lamido Sanusi, who was once the Governor of Central Bank of Nigeria. After the death of Ado Bayero, his grand-uncle, he was installed on 8th of June, 2014 as the 14th Emir of Kano.


The former CBN Governor, Alhaji Lamido Sanusi, is the 14th crowned Emir of Kano

The 58-year-old Sanusi Lamido was a very successful banker who wouldn’t mind the luxury of being chauffeured around town in an expensive Rolls Royce car. If you are lucky enough to witness Emir of Kano garage in real life, these are some of the Rolls Royce models you will find there:

  • 1952 Rolls Royce Silver Wraith

This model was originally owned by Nubar Gulbenkian, an Armenian-British billionaire before it was acquired by Abdullahi Bayero, after which it was handed down to the grandfather of the current Emir, Alhaji Mohammed Sanusi I.

It comes finished in a colour associated with Nigeria, and a custom-plate signifying the royal presence of Emir of Kano.


Sanusi Lamido's 1952 vintage Rolls Royce comes finished in Nigerian colour and a personalized plate number

  • Rolls Royce Phantom VI

This particular model of Rolls Royce was produced from the periods of 1968 to 1990. The Phantom V-inspired model looks like a car bodied as landaulets and limousines.


His Rolls Royce Phantom VI was one of the 374 limited units produced by the British luxury marque

  • Rolls-Royce Phantom VII

The present Emir of Kano acquired this top-range model in 2016. His Rolls Royce Phantom VII has a custom plate number ‘MS-1’, which is a way of signifying Muhammadu Sanusi 1.


This beautiful white-coloured Phantom VII is among luxury models you will see in the Emir's expensive garage

  • Rolls Royce Ghost

This N70+ million Rolls Royce Ghost is one of the most recently acquired cars you will see in the current Emir’s car collection. It's a dream of many rich and famous individuals in the country, let alone average residents.


The flamboyant Emir of Kano wouldn't mind adding a black Rolls-Royce Ghost to his royal collection

The Emir recently revealed that the 2 luxury cars, which are designed for him to be chauffeured around in, were gifts he got from his friends, Bola Shagaya and Kola Kareem. He made this revelation amidst speculation surrounding his ostentatious lifestyles.

He said:

“The Rolls-Royces they talked about were bought by my two friends, Kola Kareem and Bola Shagaya. This is normal”

“The late Emir’s limousines were bought by Aminu Dantata, Fernandez, Isiaka Rabiu, Sani Abacha and Ahmed Muazu. Everyone has friends and well-wishers”

“They (his friends) asked what can we do and i said ‘buy me new cars’. The limos here are all antique and dead”

Emir of Kano arrives to greet Charles in Rolls Royce used by Queen

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