Do you know who the top 10 richest kings in Nigeria are? Let’s talk about the first class rulers who are on the throne now and have a huge impact on their regions.
10. Olubadan of Ibadan
The term Olubadan means “Lord of Ibadan”. The rulers of this region must undergo many years of testing and receive the chieftaincy promotion. There is quite a difficult competition in the result of which almost any man can become a king. Usually, candidates are representatives of two ruling dynasties Egbe Agba (civil) and Balogun (military). After the death of the monarch, they are elected on a rotational basis.
11 top leaders form Olubadan-in-council manage courts dealing with family, land, communal, and other matters.
Oba Samuel Odulana has symbolic power as Olubadan because, over time, this post lost many privileges. However, this king is still in the center of attention, engaged in local political issues, solves the problems of corruption, violence, promotes democratic principles in the region.
9. Obi of Onitsha
The traditional Onitsha leader rules in the Anambra State. Igwe Nnayelugo Alfred Nnaemeka Achebe. He was born on May 14, 1941, and was crowned on June 3, 2002.
8. Olu of Warri
The Kingdom of Warri is situated in Delta State. Olu heads the Itsekiri people. Godwin Toju Emiko who is a lawyer by education and he is the current OKU Of warri. His coronation occurred on the 2nd of May, 1987. He became a member of Warri Traditional Council in 1983. He also served in Warri Local Government Council.
7. Oba of Lagos
Despite the fact that this ruler does not have real governmental power, many lawyers and politicians apply for his protection. The ceremonial head of Lagos is still an extremely authoritative person because he rules in one of the largest cities in Africa. At the moment, Lagos is the financial heart of Nigeria so it's no wonder that local Oba automatically becomes a man of enormous influence.
At the moment, Lagos is ruled by Oba Rilwan Babatunde Osuolale Aremu Akiolu I who was crowned in 2003. He is also known by the name Eleko of Eko.
6. Oba of Benin
Oba of Benin (Omo N’Oba) traditionally heads Edo people. He also is a leader of ancient Eweka dynasty of the Benin Kingdom. N’Edo Uku Akpolokpolo Erediauwa I, the current Oba of Benin, was crowned in 1979. He is the 38th person to obtain this post. After ascension to the throne, he showed that has a deep diplomatic talent because he successfully resolved disputes between politicians.
5. Dein of Agbor
Agbor is city situated in Delta state and populated by Igbo people. Once this city was connected with Benin Empire. Then it was conquered by Europeans.
Now Benjamin Ikenchuku Keagborekuzi sits on the throne. The name "Dein of Agbor" is due to his ruling house. Usually, the local ruler is called Eze or Obi.
He became a king only at the age of 2 years and 4 months. Such an early coronation is associated with the death of his father. Thus, Dein of Agbor became the youngest king in the history and entered the Guinness Book of Records in 1981.
After the coronation, the boy left his homeland for studies and returned to Agbor in 2001. In 2006, he became the fourth and youngest Chancellor at the University of Ilorin in accordance with President Olusegun Obasanjo's order.
Also, his merits include such titles as Officer in the Order of the Crown, Belgium and the Vice-Chairman of Delta State Traditional Rulers Council.
4. Ooni of Ife
He is the traditional ruler of the ancient Ile-Ife town located in the south-west of Nigeria. The royal dynasty is more than a hundred years old. At the moment, Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi Ojaja II is sitting on the throne.
He was born on October 17, 1974, and became king after the death of his predecessor Oba Okunade Sijuwade on October 26, 2015.
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This king often participates in solemn ceremonies. He is highly respected in Nigeria and beyond. Ooni of Ife net worth wasn’t disclosed in Forbes or any other official publication but he is definitely one of top 10 contenders for the title of the richest king in Nigeria.
3. Sultan of Sokoto
After colonization, this post became more ceremonial than endowed with real power. However, such rulers still exert an important influence on the peoples of Hausa and Fulani living in the north of Nigeria. At the moment, Sultan of Sokoto is Muhammadu Sa’ad Abubakar IV. This is the 20th person who took this post. Throne passed to him after his brother Muhammadu Maccido died in a plane crash.
Sultan of Sokoto occupies the position of spiritual leader under whose guardianship there are 70 million Muslims in the territory of Nigeria. This is about half of the total population of the country.
2. Alaafin of Oyo
This is another important monarchy title whose possessor has a great influence on his people. In fact, the word Alaafin has the same meaning as Oba - the ruler, the king. The current Alaafin of Oyo is Lamidi Olayiwola Adeyemi III who started his reign in 1970.
Until 2011, he had some privileges which were lost later: the traditional ruler headed the Council of Obas and Chiefs. By order of the governor of Oyo State, he was deprived of this post. Now Alaafin has to fight for the chairman's post with two rivals: the Olubadan of Ibadanland and the Soun of Ogbomoso.
1. Emir of Kano
This king heads the Kano Emirate which was formed in 1805, at the time of Fulani Jihad. Mallam Muhammad Sanusi II sits on the throne now. He came to replace Alhaji Dr. Ado Abdullahi Bayero who ruled from 1963-2014.
The past of the current Emir is connected with successful banking activity. Previously, he was Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria. The publication "The Banker" which considers banking topics in the media assigned to him 2 honorary awards for excellent work. In 2011, magazine Time mentioned Mallam Muhammad Sanusi II among the most influential people of the year.
We hope that you enjoyed reading about top 10 majestic monarchs. Each of them could compete for the title of the richest Oba in Nigeria. The luxurious lifestyle and respect that people show to them are truly admirable.
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