10 Famous Nigerian Kings and Their Numbers of Wives


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As many nations kneel to honor their rulers, the royal system is still widely revered in Nigeria. Let’s look at the 10 Famous kings in Nigeria and their numbers of wives.

In Nigeria, kings are responsible for leading exemplary lives and ensuring their persona accurately reflects the nation, culture, and people they rule.

Nigeria was formerly the site of several kingdoms, and as a result, the country’s people hold many of its powerful rulers in high regard. Don’t be shocked if you see any of these royalties arriving at special events in a caravan of pricey vehicles. The majority of them are affluent monarchs because they have accumulated money and fame through time.

Have you ever wondered who Nigeria’s famous rulers are? In this article, Itsekiri Gist has provided you with the 10 Nigerian kings and their number of wives.

10. Olu of Warri- 1 Wife

Another famous traditional royal role in Nigeria is the Olu of Warri. Delta State is home to the Warri Kingdom. Ogiame Atuwatse III is the Olu of Warri at the moment. He is Warri’s twenty-first Olu.

He was born in Warri, Nigeria, on April 2, 1984, and married to a wife. Ogiame Ikenwoli reigned before he died. On August 21, 2021, Ogiame Atuwatse III, who was then 37 years old, ascended to the throne. Ogiame Atuwatse III is not just a king but also an accomplished businessman.

9. Obi of Onitsha – 1 Wife

Igwe, HRM Current Obi of Onitsha is Dr. Nnaemeka Alfred Achebe (Agbogidi I) CFR, mni. Anambra State’s Onitsha is a town that is highly valued for its ancient customs. The Obi of Onitsha has a highly honorable status with sway over Nigerian political leadership. Agbogidi I is Ahmadu Bello University’s chancellor and the 21st Obi of Onitsha.

He was born in Onitsha, Anambra State, Nigeria, on May 14, 1941. Achebe is a well-educated and well-traveled monarch. He has six children with Chinwe Ngozi (Nee: Ononye), with whom he was married. In 2002, Agbogidi became the Obi of Onitsha. Up to his retirement and emergence as the Obi, he held several positions of responsibility in different businesses in Nigeria and overseas.

8. Olugbo of Ugbo – 2 Wives

The traditional head of Ugbo Kingdom, a town in Ilaje Local Government, Ondo State, southwest Nigeria, Fredrick Obateru Akinruntan is a Nigerian king. He is an oil tycoon and the creator of Obat Oil, one of the biggest and most prestigious privately owned oil firms in Nigeria.

His net worth was assessed by Forbes to be $300 million in March 2014. According to Forbes magazine, Obateru is the richest King in Nigeria and the second-richest King in all of Africa. With $225 million more than monarch Mswati III of Swaziland and more than $200 million more than King Olubuse II of Ife, he overtook them to become Africa’s second-richest monarch in 2014, trailing only Mohammed VI of Morocco. On January 14, 2012, he drove a 2012 Rolls-Royce that was specially designed for him. Obateru is married to two wives.

7. Oba Elegushi – 2 Wives

The 21st Elegushi of the Ikate-Elegushi Kingdom is His Royal Majesty, Oba Alayeluwa Saheed Ademola Elegushi, Kusenla III, a Nigerian monarch born on 10 April 1976. Oba Elegushi is a member of the Kusenla ruling family of Lagos State’s Ikateland. The late Oba Yekini Adeniyi Elegushi, the 20th Oba Elegushi of Ikate land, who ruled from 1991 until 2009, was replaced by his father. On April 27, 2010, the Lagos State government gave Oba Elegushi the staff of the office. Before ascending to the throne, Oba Elegushi worked for two previous governors of Lagos State, Bola Tinubu and Babatunde Fashola, as their personal assistant and senior special assistant, respectively. He is to two Wives.

6. Emir of Kano – 2 wives

Another highly famous royal position in Nigeria is that of the Emir of Kano. Aminu Ado Bayero became the 15th Emir of Kano on March 9, 2020, following the deposition of Muhammad Sanusi II by Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, the governor of Kano State.

Following his accession to the throne, he also assumed the position of Chancellor of the University of Calabar. Aminu Ado Bayero was born on February 10, 1961, in Kano, Nigeria’s Northern Region. He was the Emir of Bichi before becoming the Emir of Kano, having been chosen by Governor Ganduje of Kano State.

5. Sultan of Sokoto – 3 Wives

The Sultan of Sokoto, the most powerful monarch in the north and one of the most famous in Nigeria, must be included on any list of the most famous rulers in Nigeria. He is the spiritual leader of all Muslims in the nation since he presides over the Sokoto Caliphate. The Nigerian Council of Traditional Rulers is co-chaired by him.

4. Oba of Lagos -4 Wives

The Oba of Lagos and a famous traditional leader in Nigeria is Oba Babatunde Aremu Akiolu. He is undoubtedly one of Nigeria’s famous rulers.

Before ascending, the affluent king earned his LL.B. from the University of Lagos and spent 32 years as a member of the Nigerian Police Force.

The Oba of Lagos’s palace alone is valued at up to 2 billion nairas. The monarch himself has a substantial fortune. He is married to 4 wives.

3. Oba of Benin – 5 Wives

Oba Adeyeye holds honorary doctorates in law and public administration from Igbinedion University and the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, respectively. He is a chartered accountant as well. He is the institution’s chancellor. The liberal and philanthropist Oba Adeyeye is credited with changing and developing Ile-Ife’s culture.

In Edo State politics as well as Nigerian politics, Oba Ewuare II is of uttermost political significance. Oba Ewuare II has assisted the demand and return of various historical and cultural bronzes that the British administration had taken away from their nation ever since he came to power. Like his predecessors, he placed the monarch on a high pedestal due to his overwhelming spiritual influence and appreciation for Benin customs and traditions. He is married to 5 wives.

2. Ooni of Ife – 6 Wives

Another prestigious and famous royal position in Nigeria is that of the Ooni of Ile-Ife. Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi is the reigning monarch of Ife. He succeeded Oba Okunade Sijuwade as the 51st Ooni of Ife. Oba Adeyeye was born in Ile-Ife, Osun State, Nigeria, on October 26, 1974. He is married to two women. Adeyeye’s reign as the Ooni of Ife officially began on December 7, 2015, the day of his coronation.

Oba Adeyeye has honorary doctorates in public administration and law from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, and Igbinedion University, respectively. He is also a chartered accountant. He serves as the university’s chancellor. Oba Adeyeye is known as a liberal and philanthropist who transformed and developed Ile-Ife’s culture.

1. Late Alafin of Oyo -18 Wives

The traditional title of the emperor of the Oyo Empire, Oduduwa’s grandson and the king who promoted civilization in Yoruba territory, is Alaafin. The 45th Alaafin of Oyo was Oba Lamidi Olayiwola Adeyemi III (Iku Baba Yeye) of the family of Oranyen. He passed away on April 22, 2022, after 50 years in power.

Although the king must be an Oduduwa descendant, the historic Oyo empire’s monarchy is an elected one rather than strictly hereditary. Oba Adeyemi was born in Oyo, Nigeria, on October 15, 1938. Gbadegesin Ladigbolu II occupied the throne before his accession. On November 18, 1970, at the age of 31, Oba Adeyemi became the Alaafin of Oyo and held the position until his passing in 2022. He had 18 wives in all. He served as the University of Maiduguri’s chancellor. According to both his stature and the historical weight of the Oyo Empire’s past and present, Oba Adeyemi III was regarded as the most famous and important monarch in all of Nigeria.

The unification of Nigerian Islam was made possible by Oba Adeyemi III. He held the position continuously until a law establishing the rotating chairman of the Council of Obas and Chiefs for Oyo State was adopted in 2011. Oba Adeyemi received several honors while in power and had a considerable political effect on Nigeria. His influence as a leader increased the position of Oba in the Yoruba nation to the highest possible degree. He had more than 20 children and was a well-known fighter.



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