In the olden days, before the British came to colonize Nigeria, there were powerful kings in Nigeria who were highly revered.
With their position, they had great influence over the people they rule.
However, the powers of these kings have reduced due to the introduction of modern politics.
In no sequential order, here is the reviewed list of the ten most powerful kings in Nigeria.
10. The Dein of Agbor
According to history, the Dein of Agbor is the youngest traditional leader to ever ascend a royal throne in Nigeria.
He became king at just four months old and is the current king with a net
worth of N3.9 billion. His name is Benjamin Ikenchukwu Keagborekuzi.
9. Olu of Warri
The Olu of Warri is ascribed as a first class king and one of the most powerful kings in Nigeria.
He is the traditional leader of the Itsekiri people in Warri, Delta state. The current Olu of Warri is Godwin Toju Emiko; and his current net worth is N11.7 billion
8. The Ooni of Ife
The current Ooni of Ife is Oba Ogunwusi. He is a first class king and also seen as the supreme ruler of the Ife dynasty because of the important role he plays in the socio-political issues in Osun state.
His Royal Highness, Oba Ogunwusi has a net worth of N27.3 billion.
7. Olubadan of Ibadan
The title ‘’Olubadan’’ means Lord of Ibadan. Its existence stretches back to the pre-colonial times and wields powerful influence on the Ibadan community.
Though he is listed as one of the richest kings in Nigeria, his net worth is about N1billion. The current Olubadan of Ibadan is Oba Saliu Adetunji.
6. The Emir of Kano
The Emir of Kano is a powerful traditional leader who exerts influence on the traditional, social and political issues in Kano and the entire northern part of Nigeria.
The existence of the Emirate dates back during the pre-colonial period.
His Royal Highness, Aminu Ado Bayero is the current Emir of Kano, and he’s worth N31.2 billion in asset.
5. Oba of Lagos
Just like other powerful kings in Nigeria, the Oba of Lagos has so much traditional powers and influence, and he’s highly revered by the Yoruba people.
Also known as the Eleko of Eko, the Oba of Lagos is usually sought for counsel and blessings by politicians.
His Royal Highness Oba Rilwan Babatunde Osuolale Aremu is the current Oba of Lagos. His net worth spans about N15.6 billion.
4. Obi of Onitsha
This first class king has so much influence and as such, is seen to be the first to be consulted when it comes to issues bothering the people of south east in Nigeria.
His position and might has ranked him to be among the 10 most powerful kings in Nigeria.
The current Obi of Onitsha is Igwe Nnanyelugo Alfred Nnaemeka Achebe, and he’s worth N19.5 billion in asset.
3. Oba of Benin
The Oba is also known as ‘’Omo N’Oba’’ and the ruler of the ancient Benin kingdom. He wields a strong traditional power, and was seen as a supreme figure right from the pre-colonial era.
Oba Ewuare who has a net worth of N23.4 billion the II is the current Oba of Benin.
2. The Sultan of Sokoto
The Sultan’s position in Nigeria goes back to the pre-colonial times and it is one that wields a lot of influence especially for the Muslims.
He is not just regarded as a monarch, but a spiritual figure for all Muslims in Nigeria.
Sultan Muhammadu Sa’ad Abubakar IV is the current Sultan of Sokoto and a first class king in Nigeria. His net worth spans about N39 billion.
1. The Alaafin of Oyo
The Alaafin of Oyo is highly revered because of the history, culture and heritage of the old Oyo Empire which existed before the colonial period.
According to credible sources, the Alaafin has a net worth of about N15.6 billion and wields so much sovereign powers and as such, was seen as a god to the Yoruba nation.
The current Alaafin of Oyo is Lamidi Adeyemi III, and he is the number 1 on our list of the 10 most powerful kings in Nigeria.