Is this Sir Kashim and his daughter in Buckingham Palace? We fact-checked it



A photograph said to be of Sir Kashim Ibrahim, former governor of the Northern Region and his daughter has surfaced and become on social media. It was also said to have been shot at the Buckingham Palace during his conferment of the title of the Knight of the British Empire, KBE, by late Queen Elizabeth II on November 27, 1962.

The photo was posted following the passing of the British queen. It was greeted with a lot of reactions on Facebook, with users, even those who shared it, wondering if it was entirely true and whether the (then) young lady was his daughter. It was believed to be first posted by a user on Facebook on September 11.

‘Sir Kashim Ibrahim accompanied by his daughter Fatima at Buckingham Palace where he was conferred with the title of the Knight of the British Empire, KBE by late Queen Elizabeth II on November 27th, 1962,’ goes the caption the user gave the post.

There is hardly any contention about the photo’s genuineness, except for a few who wanted to be sure what the event was, its location and date, with a few who wondered if Fatima was the later governor’s daughter.

YERWA EXPRESS NEWS thus fact-checked them.


Fact checks are initiatives by media practitioners and their organizations to help sanitize the internet and respond to the growing trend of fake news especially on social media. Fact checkers generally believe that every information that is capable of misleading the public, even if not entirely harmful, needs to be verified no matter how minute—hence this…

Who is Sir Kashim?

Sir Kashim Ibrahim was born June 10, 1910. He passed away in 1990 at the age of 80.

Sir Kashim was a popular First Republic politician who had held various political positions, including ministerial offices and ultimately the first and only governor of the defunct Northern Region.

He was among the few Nigerians conferred with the British honorary knighthood, alongside Abubakar Tafawa Balewa, Ahmadu Bello, Aderemi Adesoji, Adetokunbo Ademola, Darnley Alexander, Akanu Ibiam, Abubakar III, Usman Nagogo and Mobolaji Bank-Anthony, among others.

What is the CBE?

The award is a British order of chivalry founded on April 28, 1818 by George Prince Regent, later King George IV, when he was acting as a regent for his father, King George III. It is named in honor of two military saints, St Michael, and St George.

The order, according to an entry on Wikipedia, was originally awarded to those holding commands or high positions in the Mediterranean territories acquired in the Napoleonic Wars and was subsequently extended to holders of similar office or position in other territories of the British Empire. It is at present awarded to men and women who hold high office or who render extraordinary or important non-military service in a foreign country and can also be conferred for important or loyal service in relation to foreign and Commonwealth affairs.

Verification of claims

Sir Kashim’s family confirmed to YERWA EXPRESS NEWS that the photo in circulation was shot at Buckingham Palace on the said date, when his conferment took place.

The woman beside him in the photo was also confirmed to be his daughter, Fatima Kashim Ibrahim.

Until her demise, Fatima was married to late Waziri Ibrahim, another famous Nigerian politician. According to our source, she is a mother to Khadija Waziri Ibrahim, wife to Alhaji Bukar Abba Ibrahim, former governor of Yobe.

This fact-checker also subjected the photograph to digital scrutiny using Google Reverse Image Search and other relevant tools.

It was learnt that the photograph, as well as the claim, was first published by Asiri Magazine, a media company founded September, 2013.

Verdict / conclusion

The photo is genuine, and the claims about it were all true.

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