First Class Obas In Nigeria – All You Need To Know and Their Full Names
In Nigeria, we have a lot of kings (obas) littered all over the country. Our kings in this country all fall in one of the three categories: first class kings, middle-class kings, and ordinary kings. Of all these three categories of kings, people are interested in knowing about the first class obas in Nigeria. Citizens are less interested in middle-class kings and ordinary kings. As a result, we decided to write this article on the first class kings in the country. Our discussion will be concise as much as possible — we’ll provide their names, date of births, and other important information. Here we go with our article, ‘First Class Obas In Nigeria: All You Need To Know’
First Class Obas In Nigeria
Ooni of Ife — King Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi
This Ooni of Ife in Osun State is one of the first class obas in Nigeria. The present Ooni of Ife is an accountant who goes by the name King Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi. King Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi is well-recognized in Nigeria, powerful and very rich. This king was born on October 17, 1974, into the family of Aderopo Ogunwusi (father) and Wuraola Ogunwusi (mother). Apart from being an accountant and a king, it is said that King Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi is also a real estate developer. This man attended Loyola College, a prestigious secondary school in Ibadan, Oyo State. After completing his secondary education, he progressed to The Polytechnic Ibadan where he studied accountancy.
He became the 51st Ooni of Ife after he succeeded the immediate past Ooni of Ife, King Okunade Sijuwade. King Okunade Sijuwade was once among the first class in Nigeria. King Okunade Sijuwade ruled for about 35 years between December 6, 1980, and July 28, 2015. The king was born on January 1, 1930, and died on July 28, 2015, in the United Kingdom where he was receiving medical treatment. On the day of his coronation, important personalities within and outside the country were spotted. Some of these people include the Emir of Kano, the Oba of Benin, Amayanabo of Opobo, Olu of Warri, and a representative of the Queen of England.
Back to the present Ooni of Ife who is one of the first class obas in Nigeria, King Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi is happily married to Wuraola Zynab Otiti Ogunwusi. The king and his former wife, Zaynab Otiti Obanor, are blessed with a female child known as Adeola Anuoluwapo Ogunwusi. On his coronation ceremony, the present governor of Osun State, Ogbeni Rauf Adesoji Aregbesola, and the Vice President of Nigeria, Professor Yemi Osinbajo were both present. In addition, his Staff of Office was given to him by Ogbeni Rauf Adesoji Aregbesola at Enuwa Square, Ile-Ife, Osun State. This king has made a good number of achievements since he ascended the throne. One of his achievements includes visiting the Alaafin of Oyo, an act that has not happened for 79 years.
Emir of Kano — His Royal Highness Mallam Muhammad Sanusi II
The Emir of Kano is another member of the first class obas in Nigeria. The Emir of Kano, His Royal Highness Mallam Muhammad Sanusi II, is often considered the most powerful king in the country. Furthermore, he is very wealthy and has a strong influence in the country. His Royal Highness Mallam Muhammad Sanusi II used to be known as Sanusi Lamido Sanusi. He once served as the governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria from June 3, 2009, to February 20, 2014. He was born on July 31, 1961, and became the Emir of Kano on June 8, 2014, two days after the former Emir of Kano passed away at the age of 83 years. His Royal Highness Mallam Muhammad Sanusi II is the 14th Emir of Kano.
The present Emir of Kano, one of the first class obas in Nigeria, was born a Fulani man into the family of Ambassador Aminu Sanusi (father) and Hajiya Hafsat Aminu (mother). He attended St. Anne’s Catholic Primary School, Kakuri, Kaduna, where he obtained his primary education. He progressed to one of the best secondary schools in Lagos State, King’s College, where he obtained his secondary education. After completing his secondary education, this king went ahead to study economics at Ahmadu Bello University (ABU) in Zaria. In 1981, he obtained a bachelor’s degree in Economics.
Two years after his graduation from the university, he went ahead to enroll for a master’s degree in Economics at Ahmadu Bello University. It is said that His Royal Highness Mallam Muhammad Sanusi II has three wives who are namely Sadiya Ado Bayero, Maryam, and Rakiya. This king has many children who are all successful in their various fields. He is often considered one of the most successful governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria. The Emir of Kano happened to be a bank worker, and he has worked with a lot of major banks in the country. Some banks he has worked with include United Bank of Africa, First Bank of Nigeria and Guaranty Trust Bank.
Sultan of Sokoto — Sultan Muhammadu Sa’ad Abubakar III
The Sultan of Sokoto is also among the first class obas in Nigeria. The person presently holding this post is Sultan Muhammadu Sa’ad Abubakar III. Sultan Muhammadu Sa’ad Abubakar III is the leader of Muslims in Nigeria. He is very powerful and very wealthy. He was born on August 24, 1956, and happens to be the 20th Sultan of Sokoto. The 61-year-old king is the one who succeeded Sultan Muhammadu Maccido. Sultan Muhammadu Maccido is the Sultan who died in the ADC Airlines Flight 53 that crashed shortly after leaving Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport on October 29, 2006. Sultan Muhammadu Sa’ad Abubakar III was once a military man. He happens to be among the Nigerian army who worked as security for General Ibrahim Babangida. Since he ascended the throne, he has made a lot of achievements.
Alaafin Of Oyo — King Lamidi Olayiwola Adeyemi III
The Alaafin of Oyo one of the first class kings in the country. In the Southern part of the country, this king is considered the most powerful king. The present Alaafin of Oyo is King Lamidi Olayiwola Adeyemi III. King Lamidi Olayiwola Adeyemi III was born on October 15, 1938 and ascended the throne on November 18, 1970. This title is formerly held by King Gbadegesin Ladigbolu II.
Dein Of Agbor — King Benjamin Ikechukwu Keagborekuzi
The Dein of Agbor is not popular as kings like Alaafin Of Oyo, Sultan of Sokoto, Ooni of Ife, etc. The present Dein of Agbor is King Benjamin Ikechukwu Keagborekuzi. This king is considered one of the kings who ascended the throne at a very young age. He was born on June 29, 1977, and after 4 months his father passed away literally making him a king.
Oba of Benin — King Eheneden Erediauwa
The Oba of Benin is one of our first class kings in Nigeria. The title is presently held by King Eheneden Erediauwa who has a good relationship with the Ooni of Ife. The present king was born on October 20, 1953 and ascended the throne on October 20, 2016. He obtained his secondary education at Immaculate Conception College. He studied Economics at the University of Wales in the United Kingdom.
Olu of Itsekiri/Warri — King Godfery ikenwoli Emiko
Here comes another first class king, King Godfery Ikenwoli Emiko, who ascended the throne on December 12, 2015. King Godfery Ikenwoli Emiko is the son of the immediate past Olu of Warri. His father died on September 5, 2015 after ruling for about 28 years, from May 2, 1987 to September 5, 2005. The present Olu of Warri has been able to make great success since he ascended the throne.
Obi of Onitsha — King Nnaemeka Alfred Ugochukwu Achebe
The last Eastern first class king on our list is the Obi of Onitsha. The Obi of Onitsha is not only a first class king, he is also a powerful king in the country. The title is presently held by King Nnaemeka Alfred Ugochukwu Achebe who was born on May 14, 1941. He has worked in a good number of business organizations including Diamond Bank and Shell Petroleum Development Company.
Olubadan Of Ibadan — King Saliu Adetunji
The Olubadan of Ibadan is a powerful king in Oyo State and Nigeria. Towards every Oyo State governorship election, governorship candidates are known to visit him for support in their election. The Olubadan of Ibadan title is presently held by King Saliu Adetunji.
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