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First Class Obas In Yorubaland

List Of First Class Obas In Yorubaland

The Yoruba ethnic group is one of the major ethnic groups in Nigeria, as well as one of the most powerful in the country. In Yorubaland, there are traditional rulers known as Obas. ‘Oba’ is a Yoruba word that means ‘king’ in the English Language. This article is meant to provide readers the list of first class Obas in Yorubaland, and also to provide brief information on each king on the list. The first class Obas on our list are namely: the Alaafin of Oyo, the Ooni of Ife, the Oba of Lagos and the Olubadan of Ibadan. Subsequent texts will be given details on these kings.

List Of First Class Obas In Yorubaland

Alaafin of Oyo - First Class Obas In Yorubaland

Alaafin of Oyo

  • 1. The Alaafin of Oyo — King Lamidi Olayiwola Adeyemi III

The title Alaafin of Oyo is presently held by King Lamidi Olayiwola Adeyemi III. This title is considered as one of the greatest traditional titles in Oyo State and Yoruba land. The Alaafin of Oyo is a king that cannot be left out of this list of the first class Obas in Yorubaland, considering the magnitude of his wealth. Although it is difficult to state how much this king is worth, it can be stated that this king is very rich. He is wealthier than a lot of politicians and he uses luxurious cars. Apart from having great cars, the king also has incredible houses littered all over Oyo State.

Giving information about the present Alaafin of Oyo (one of the first class kings in Yorubaland), King Lamidi Olayiwola Adeyemi III is a 79-years-old man who was born into a royal family, on October 15, 1938. King Lamidi Olayiwola Adeyemi III is one of the sons of the former Alaafin of Oyo who was banished, King Adeyemi II Adeniran. King Adeyemi II Adeniran was banished in 1954 for sympathizing with the National Council of Nigerian Citizens (NCNC), a political party in the country.

First Class Obas In Nigeria Oba-Ogunwusi

Ooni Of Ife

  • 2. The Ooni of Ife — King Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi

Apart from the Alaafin of Oyo, the Ooni of Ife is another very important king in Yoruba land. This king is very powerful, and some people consider him to be the richest king in Yorubaland. The significance of this king has made him rank as one of the first class Obas in Yorubaland. The present Ooni of Ife is King Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi. This traditional title is also an international title, it is recognised in great European countries like the United States of America and the United Kingdom (UK). On the day the present Ooni of Ife ascended the throne, representatives of the Queen of England, were spotted.

King Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi was born on October 17, 1974. He was born into the family of Aderopo Ogunwusi who is his father, and Wuraola Ogunwusi who is his mother. He attended great schools at his primary and secondary education level. This king used to be a student of the prestigious Loyola College located in Ibadan, Oyo State. After King Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi graduated from secondary school, he sat for UTME and eventually got admitted to study Accountancy at the Polytechnic Ibadan. The king ascended the throne on December 7, 2015, following the death of the immediate past Ooni of Ife.

Oba of Lagos - First Class Kings In Yorubaland

Oba of Lagos

  • 3. The Oba of Lagos — King Rilwan Babatunde Osuolale Aremu Akiolu

The Oba of Lagos is a king who appears on this list of the first class Obas in Nigeria. The title is currently held by King Rilwan Babatunde Osuolale Aremu Akiolu. The Oba of Lagos plays a substantial role in the day-to-day activities of Lagos State. Lagos State is the most important state in Nigeria, economically. Furthermore, this state ranks as one of the most important and largest in Nigeria. The king plays a very important role in the annual Eyo festival of Lagos State.

King Rilwan Babatunde Osuolale Aremu Akiolu was born on October 29, in the year 1943. The king ascended the throne on August 9, 2003. The first class Oba studied Law at the University of Lagos and went ahead to become a legal practitioner. Furthermore, King Rilwan Babatunde Osuolale Aremu Akiolu used to be a policeman, he served at the Nigerian Police Force (NPF) for about 32 years. A good number of people believe that King Rilwan Babatunde Osuolale Aremu Akiolu is one of the key elements that used their influence to make Governor Ambode the governor of the state.

Olubadan of Ibadan

Olubadan of Ibadan

  • 4. The Olubadan of Ibadan — King Saliu Adetunji

Anyone who knows at least a little about kings in Yoruba land will agree to the fact that the Olubadan of Ibadan is a first class oba in Yorubaland. The present Olubadan of Ibadan is King Saliu Adetunji who ascended the throne in 2016, following the death of late King Samuel Odulana Odugade I. The title ‘Olubadan of Ibadan’ in the English Language, means the Lord of Ibadan. The city of Ibadan was founded in 1820, but this place was overtaken by ancestors of Yoruba people, in 1950.

This title has been given to 42 people so far. Some early Olubadan of Ibadan include: Ba’ale Maye Okunade, Ba’ale Oluyedun, Ba’ale Lakanle, Bashorun Oluyole, Ba’ale Oderinlo, Ba’ale Oyeshile Olugbode, Ba’ale Ibikunle, Bashorun Ogunmola, Ba’ale Akere I, Ba’ale Orowusi, Are Ona Kakanfo Obadoke Latosa, Ba’ale Ajayi Osungbekun, Ba’ale Fijabi I, Ba’ale Oshuntoki, Basorun Fajimi, Ba’ale Mosaderin, Ba’ale Dada Opadare, Ba’ale Sunmonu Apampa, Ba’ale Akintayo Awanibaku Elenpe, Ba’ale Irefin, Ba’ale Shittu Latosa (son of Are Latosa), Ba’ale Oyewole Foko, Olubadan Okunola Abass, Olubadan Akere I, Olubadan Oyetunde I, Olubadan Akintunde Bioku, Olubadan Fijabi II, Olubadan Alli Iwo.

King Saliu Adetunji was born on August 26, 1928, into the family of Raji Olayiwola who is his father, and Suwebat Amope Adetunji – the mother. This king never attended a primary school nor did he attend a secondary school. He, however, attended vocational schools and eventually became a fashion designer. King Saliu Adetunjia who was coroneted on March 4, 2016, used to own a record label.

That’s all on the list of first class Obas in Yorubaland.


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