Oh yes! Senator (Princess) Florence Ita-Giwa, OON spared no cost to spell her class and extravagance on Saturday, December 11, 2010 when she was installed as “Eka Iban Ke Esien Efik Duopeba”, the Queen Mother of the Efiks.Elegantly parked in the portico of her new palatial duplex was Mama Bakassi’s latest acquisition, a brand-new 2010 Bentley Continental Flying Spur: a wonder-on-wheel said (by one of Ita-Giwa’s closest aides) to have cost her a whooping sum of $202,500, equivalent to about N30.5million.
The state of the art machine was Driven into her new country home just three days to the event, the 4-door, 5-passenger luxury sedan is said to be equipped with a standard 6.0litre, 552-horsepower, W12 turbo-engine that car speed up to 10-mpg in the city and 17-mpg on the highway.
And it was in this “beast” that Mama Bakassi was chauffeur-driven to the Obong’s Palace for her installation ceremonies- and back to her home for the Grand Reception later in the evening. In shiny wine colour, the cynosure of all eyes had a number-plate customised FIG, meaning Florence Ita-Giwa.