Top 10 Most Powerful Kings In Nigeria 2022: There were powerful kings in Nigeria in ancient times who were regarded as demi-gods, and who was said to have great influence and control over their subjects and the people over whom they reigned. This was prior to the British colonization of Nigeria and the establishment of the Nigerian Empire.
The influence of these monarchs has diminished in recent times as a result of the establishment of the Federal system of government in Nigeria, which was established in 1999. Although some of these monarchs have passed away, there are still those whose impact cannot be ignored and who are venerated because of their lineage and tradition that dates back millennia.
Top 10 Most Powerful Kings In Nigeria 2022
The following are the current top 10 most powerful Kings in Nigeria, listed in no particular order (latest ranking)
The Sultan of Sokoto
A traditional state in Northern Nigeria, the Sultanate of Sokoto has its headquarters in the city of Sokoto, which serves as the capital of the modern Sokoto State. The Sokoto Caliphate had been in power before the formation of the council, which took place in 1903 following the British pacification of the caliphate.
According to Nigerian tradition, the Sultan of Sokoto is the top spiritual leader of Muslims in the country and the grand Sheikh of the Qadiriyya sufi order in the country. Sa’adu Abubakar has crowned Sultan of Sokoto in 2006, after a long period in exile. He succeeded his late brother Muhammadu Maccido who died in a plane crash, the ADC Airline flight 53 flight to be precise.
Oba of Benin
The Oba of Benin is the traditional ruler and custodian of the culture of the Edo people and all Edoid people, as well as the leader of the historic Eweka dynasty that has ruled the Benin kingdom for centuries. In the ancient Benin homeland (which is not to be confused with the modern-day and unrelated Republic of Benin, which was previously known as Dahomey), the Edo people have been and continue to be the majority of the population (also known as the Benin ethnic group).
Benin Expedition of 1897 was a military operation launched in 1897 by a British military force under the command of Sir Harry Rawson against the Benin Kingdom. Having been forced into exile by an ambush carried out by a group of Benin soldiers acting without orders from the Oba, Ovonramwen, the expedition took control of Benin’s capital, sacking and burning it. The expedition was mounted as a result of an ambush carried out by a group of Benin soldiers acting without orders from the Oba that resulted in the deaths of all but two members of the party.
A combination of indigenous soldiers and British officers stationed in colonial-era Nigeria made up the expeditionary army in 1902. In order to cover the expenditures of the expedition, a large number of artworks (known collectively as the Benin Bronzes) were taken from the city palace and sold to raise money. Ovonramwen died in 1914, with his throne never having been restored to him after his death. His son, grandson, and now great-grandson, on the other hand, have all managed to keep their titles and positions as traditional rulers in modern-day Nigeria intact.
The Emir of Kano
The Emir of Kano remains among the Top 10 Most Powerful Kings In Nigeria. Mallam Muhammad Sanusi II, the former Emir of Kano, was recently deposed by Kano state’s governor. Sanusi was previously the governor of Nigeria’s Central Bank. After the death of Alhaji Dr. Ado Bayero, who ruled for 51 years, he was appointed Emir. His Royal Highness, Aminu Ado Bayero, is the present Emir of Kano. Aminu Ado Bayero (born in 1961), from the Fulani Sullubawa clan, is the 15th Fulani Emir of Kano. Following Governor Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje’s dismissal of his nephew Muhammad Sanusi II, he ascended the throne on March 9, 2020.
The Alaafin of Oyo
The ruler of the historic Oyo empire and present-day Oyo town in West Africa is known as Alaafin, meaning The Owner of the Palace in Yoruba. He was the ruler of the old Oyo Empire, which stretched from the present-day Benin Republic to Nigeria, with states emanating from the south, east, and west. The individuals who worked for him were known as Yorubas and spoke the Yoruba language. In Yoruba mythology and history, the Alaafin of Oyo is claimed to be one of Oduduwa’s seven grandchildren who later became Kings, establishing the Yoruba Civilization’s cornerstone.
The title was kept as the official title of the ceremonial ruler of the current people of Oyo, Nigeria, after the fall of the Oyo Empire. The Alaafin is the Yoruba people’s political leader and the only monarch with the authority to designate a chieftain to represent Yorubaland as a whole. Aare Ona Kakanfo of Yorubaland and Iyalode of Yorubaland are two examples of such appointments.
Oba Lamidi Adeyemi III, the 45th Alaafin, is the current Alaafin (Emperor) of Oyo, and he recently marked his 50th year on the throne. The permanent Chairman of the Oyo State Council of Obas and Chiefs is Oba Lamidi Olayiwola Adeyemi III, Iku Baba Yeye, Alaafin (Emperor) of Oyo. The Emperor of Yorubas and the Grand Custodian of Yoruba Culture and Tradition.
Olu of Warri
The Kingdom of Warri (Warri Kingdom) or Iwere Kingdom, founded in 1480 in Warri, Delta State, Nigeria, was one of the Nigerian traditional states.
The Olu of Warri is another powerful first-class king in the country. He is the leader of the Itsekiri people. Ogiame Atuwatse III, the current Olu of Warri, was crowned on August 21, 2021.
The Ooni of Ife
The current Ooni of Ile-Ife is Oba Ogunwusi and he is the paramount ruler of the Ife dynasty. It is said that he plays a strong part in choosing Osun’s state governor. The Ooni is also a first-class King. Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi (jájá II), the 51st and current Ooni of Ife, was born on October 17, 1974. He is the Yoruba kingdom of Ile-traditional Ife’s ruler/monarch. He ascended to the throne in 2015, following Oba Okunade Sijuwade, the 50th Ooni of Ife, who had died.
The Dein of Agbor
Dein Keagborekuzi I is the Dein of Agbor kingdom, a Nigerian traditional state in Delta State, Nigeria. He was born Benjamin Keagborekuzi Ikenchuku on June 29, 1977. In the 1980 edition of the Guinness Book of World Records, he was proclaimed the world’s youngest crowned monarch. He was the Chancellor of Ilorin University.
Oba of Lagos
The traditional ruler (Oba) of Lagos is the Eleko of Eko, commonly known as the Oba of Lagos. The Oba is a ceremonial Yoruba sovereign with no political power who is sought out by politicians seeking support from the citizens of Lagos, Nigeria’s financial capital and the continent’s largest city. Among other ceremonial functions, the Oba has appeared in tourism advertising on behalf of the city, frequently proclaiming “You’ve got to travel to Lagos.” Rilwan Akiolu, the current Oba of Lagos, has held the position since 2003.
Obi of Onitsha
Igwe Nnayelugo Alfred Nnaemeka Achebe, a strong king in Nigeria and the current traditional ruler and Obi of the Onitsha people, is also among the top ten most powerful Kings in Nigeria. He is most likely to be consulted first when concerns impacting the southeastern section of Nigeria arise, making him one of Nigeria’s most powerful kings.
Olubadan of Ibadan
The king of Ibadanland in Nigeria is known as Olubadan (Yoruba: Lord of Ibadan). Ibadan was created in the 16th century, but it was not until 1820 that the Yoruba people assumed control. By 1850, they had created their odd succession principle, which alternates between two lines, which is extremely distinct from other traditional Yoruba kings. Because it takes decades to groom an Olubadan for the throne through the phases of chieftaincy elevation, any male born title-holder of the metropolitan center is a prospective king.
Oba Samuel Odulana Odugade, who died at the age of 101, held the title of Olubadan, which means Lord of Ibadan. Oba Saliu Adetunji is the current Olubadan of Ibadan. Ibadan is an old kingdom as well.