Top 10 Most Powerful Kings In Nigeria 2017 / 2018
Before Nigeria gained independence, parts of the country used to be controlled by the kings. However, the introduction of democracy as a system of rule has not given way to the extinction of kings. Kings still exist in Nigeria, and they still have power and influence. In Nigeria, there are over a hundred kings. Some of these traditional rulers are very powerful while some have average power. Furthermore, a lot of citizens in the country are curious to know the most powerful traditional rulers in the country. In reaction to this curiosity of our fellow Nigerian citizens, we made a decision to put up this article titled, ‘Top 10 Most Powerful Kings In Nigeria’. In short, if you are one of those people interested in knowing the most powerful kings in the country, all you are required to do is to continue reading this article.
Top 10 Most Powerful Kings In Nigeria 2017
1. The Emir of Kano — His Royal Highness Mallam Muhammad Sanusi II
The Emir of Kano is no doubt the most powerful king in the Northern part of Nigeria. Not only is he the most powerful in the Northern part of the country, he is also the most powerful king in Nigeria, occupying the first position on our list of the top 10 most powerful king in Nigeria. The name of the present Emir of Kano, is His Royal Highness Mallam Muhammad Sanusi II. His Royal Highness Mallam Muhammad Sanusi II is formerly known as Sanusi Lamido Sanusi. He was born on July 31, 1961, and has served as the governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria.
2. Alaafin of Oyo — King Lamidi Olayiwola Adeyemi III
The Alaafin of Oyo is the second on the list of the top 10 most powerful kings in Nigeria. Becoming the Alaafin of Oyo gives an individual a lot of power. While being the second most powerful king in Nigeria, the Alaafin of Oyo is the most powerful king in the Southern part of Nigeria. The person who is currently holding the title is King Lamidi Olayiwola Adeyemi III. King Lamidi Olayiwola Adeyemi III assumed power on November 18, 1970, succeeding the immediate past Alaafin of Oyo. The immediate past Alaafin of Oyo was Gbadegesi Ladigbolu II who died in 1970. Lamidi Olayiwola Adeyemi III was born on October 15, 1938.
3. Sultan of Sokoto — Sultan Muhammadu Sa’ad Abubakar III
The Sultan of Sokoto is another very powerful king in Nigeria. He is also the third most powerful king on our list of the top 10 most powerful kings in Nigeria. In Nigeria, the Sultan of Sokoto is considered the leader of Muslims in the country. The present Sultan of Sokoto is Sultan Muhammadu Sa’ad Abubakar III, a brother to the immediate past Sultan of Sokoto. Sultan Muhammadu Sa’ad Abubakar III succeeded his brother (Muhammadu Maccido) after his brother died in a plane crash. Muhammadu Maccido died in the Aviation Development Company Airlines (ADC) Flight 53 crash on October 29, 2006.
4. Ooni of Ile-Ife — King Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi
The Ooni of Ile-Ife, also known as Ooni of Ife for short, is a very powerful king is the South of Nigeria. This king is the king of Ile-Ife which happens to be one of the origins of the Yoruba ethnic group. This king is very powerful and occupies the fourth position on this list of the top 10 most powerful kings in Nigeria. The present Ooni of Ife is King Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi who assumed power in the month of October 1974. This king is an educated king just like every other king on this list. He attended Loyola College, Ibadan, and The Polytechnic Ibadan. He succeeded the immediate past Ooni of Ife who died on July 28, 2015.
5. Dein of Agbor — King Benjamin Ikechukwu Keagborekuzi
A lot of people may not be familiar with a king known as the Dein of Agbor. Dein of Agbor is a very powerful king in Nigeria, occupying the fifth position on this of the top 10 most powerful kings in Nigeria. Dein of Agbor is a Delta State king. This post is presently held by King Benjamin Ikenchukwu Keagborekuzi. King Benjamin Ikenchukwu Keagborekuzi is also known as the Officer in the order of the crown. He was born June 29, 1977. It is reported that he became the Dein of Agbor when he was only 4 months old. Not only is this king powerful, he is also highly respected in Delta State and other states of the country.
6. Oba of Benin — King Eheneden Erediauwa
The Oba of Benin is another very powerful king in the East of the country. This king occupies the sixth position on the list of the top 10 most powerful kings in Nigeria. The Oba of Benin is the traditional ruler in Edo State, a state whose indigenes are a blend of the Yoruba ethnic group and the Igbo ethnic group. The name of the present Oba of Benin is King Eheneden Erediauwa. King Eheneden Erediauwa was born on October 20, 1953, and became the king of Benin City on October 20, 2016. His ascension to the throne came some weeks after the immediate past Oba of Benin passed away.
7. Oba of Lagos — His Royal Highness Oba Rilwan Babatunde Osuolale Aremu Akiolu
In the South of the country and Nigeria at large, the Oba of Lagos is a very powerful king, and he occupies the seventh position on our list of the top 10 most powerful kings in Nigeria. His Royal Highness Oba Rilwan Babatunde Osuolale Aremu Akiolu is the present Oba of Lagos. He was born on October 29, 1943, and ascended the throne in 2003, shortly after the immediate past Oba of Lagos passed away. His Royal Highness Oba Rilwan Babatunde Osuolale Aremu Akiolu is not involved in the politics of Lagos State, but he has some other important duty to the state.
8. Olu of Warri — King Godfery ikenwoli Emiko
Another king on our list of the most powerful kings in the country, is the Olu of Warri. The Olu of Warri is a highly respected and powerful king in the country. This title is presently held by King Godfery ikenwoli Emiko. He is the head of the Itsekiri ethnic group in Nigeria. This king succeeded Late King Godwin Toritseju Emiko who died on September 5, 2015.
9. Obi of Onitsha — Igwe Nnayelugo Alfred Nnaemeka Achebe
A lot of people may not be familiar with this title, but the Obi of Onitsha ranks among the most powerful in the country. This title is presently held by Igwe Nnayelugo Alfred Nnaemeka Achebe. He is the traditional ruler of the people of Anambra State, especially those in Onitsha.
10. Olubadan of Ibadan — King Saliu Adetunji
The Olubadan of Ibadan is also a powerful king in Nigeria, especially the largest city in West Africa, Ibadan. This title is presently held by King Saliu Adetunji. King Saliu Adetunji was born on August 26, 1928, and ascended the throne on March 4, 2016.
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