See a list of most powerful monarchs in Nigeria and why Oba of Benin is number one


See a list of most powerful monarchs in Nigeria and why Oba of Benin is number one


Monarchy and kingdoms are getting obsolete in Nigeria due to so many reasons, aside from massive development, democratic rule has played a major role and has, in turn, shifted the traditional rulers to the backstage in Governance. But yet many of our traditional rulers still hold enormous sway in Nigeria and the world as regards social-political sphere.

Controversial as my views may sound it does not rob of the potency of my argument. Today worldwide it is acclaimed two major kingdoms exist which is the British kingdom and the Benin kingdom.

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The Benin Kingdom is the only kingdom recognized outside the shores of Nigeria as an established kingdom.

This can also be referred to as the British empire and the Benin empire.

Having made my point clear on international reckoning, here is a list of my top Monarchs in Nigeria.

The Oba Of Benin.

From history during the colonization period when the Portuguese and British invaded Nigeria the monarch of the Bini people was the most respected.

That supremacy strengthened Benin’s position towards the European intruders,

The Oba maintained his independence despite pressure from the Portuguese, Dutch, and British.

Till date, the Benin Kingdom and Oba of Benin commands the most respect internationally.


Ewuare II was crowned the Oba of Benin on 20 October 2016. He is the 40th Oba, a title created for the Head of State of the Benin Empire at some time between 1180 and 1300

Eheneden Erediauwa was a renowned diplomat with the United Nations, serving as Nigeria’s ambassador to Angola, Italy, and Sweden at different times.

The Sultan Of revered

The Sultan of Sokoto is revered as the spiritual leader of the Muslim faithful in Nigeria and the supreme traditional ruler of the Sokoto caliphate which was founded by Uthman Dan Fodio.

By virtue of this, he becomes by default the head the whole northern tribes.

Sultan Sa’ad Abubakar IV is the 20th Sultan of the Caliphate and is seen as the highest-ranked traditional ruler in Nigeria.

Ooni Of Ife

Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi, Ojaja II, is is the traditional ruler of Ile-Ife.

Known as the Ooni, of the Yoruba kingdom of Ile-Ife

The Ooni of Ile-Ife (Ọọ̀ni of Ilè-Ifẹ̀). This town in Nigeria is seen as the core of the Yoruba people. The Ooni dynasties date back hundreds of years. History has it that all the Ooni are traced down to Oduduwa, who is regarded as the ancestral father of all Yoruba people. The Ooni of Ife is one of the most influential kings in Nigeria and a first-class ruler.

Alaafin of Oyo, Lamidi Adeyemi III

Lamidi Olayiwola Adeyemi III is the current Alaafin of Oyo the acclaimed traditional empire of Yoruba land situates in the current Oyo State of Nigeria.

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The Old Oyo Empire has been said to have existed without interruption for a period of about 600 years. In the olden days, the Alaafin was an absolute ruler.

Obi of Onitsha


The Obi of Onitsha is the traditional leader of Onitsha, Anambra State, southeast Nigeria. The post of the Obi is recognized by the state and federal governments of Nigeria.

The Obi of Onitsha is one of the most respected traditional monarchs in Nigeria and he has influence over all igwe’s in the south-east.

from iReporter Online
John Woods
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