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The 5 Most Powerful Traditional Rulers in Nigeria

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Posted on November 5, 2016 at 7:42 pm



Even though Nigeria’s monarchical system is barely ceremonial, her traditional institutions tend to yield political, economic, social and religious influence beyond their respective borders. Here are the most powerful and influential Nigerian traditional rulers.

  1. Alaafin of Oyo

    Alaafin of Oyo
    The Alaafin or Oyo is the traditional ruler of Oyo town in present day Oyo state. He is also influential beyond the borders of Oyo and is a close rival of the Ooni of Ife. The current Alaafin is Lamidi Adeyemi III.

  2. Ooni of Ife

    Ooni of Ife
    Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi Ojaja II was crowned the Ooni of Ife in December 2015 when he succeeded the late Ooni of ife, Oba Okunade Sijuwade to become the 51st Ooni of Ife. He is the most powerful and influential traditional ruler in Yorubaland.

  3. Oba of Benin

    Oba of Benin
    The Oba of Benin, or Omo N’Oba is the most influential traditional ruler in southern Nigeria. He is the traditional ruler of the Benin empire. The current traditional ruler who is the 40th Oba of Benin is 40th Oba of Benin, Oba Ewuare I who was crowned in October 2016.

  4. Emir of Kano

    Emir of Kano
    Emir Muhammadu Sanusi II who was the governor of Nigeria’s central bank became the Emir of Kano in 2014 where he succeed Ado bayero. The Emirship in Kano is a highly respected one not just in the North but also in the political circles throughout Nigeria.

  5. Sultan of Sokoto

    Sultan of Sokoto
    The sultan of sokoto is the most powerful and influential traditional ruler in Nigeria. He is also the spiritual leader of more than 70 million Muslims in Nigeria and is revered by the Hausa/Fulani people in Northern Nigeria.

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