In Nigeria, before the coming of the Europeans, there were powerful traditional rulers who exerted great influence and control over their subjects.
These traditional rulers exercised so much authority, so much so that they were considered demigods.
Today, however, the powers of these rulers have declined over time giving the emergence of the Nigeria State and system of governance.
That notwithstanding, there are still some traditional rulers that have great influence and well respected in Nigeria, even to date, because of tradition and heritage.
Hence it this article, I will show you the 5 most powerful traditional rulers in Nigeria.
List of 5 Most Powerful Traditional Rulers in Nigeria
Below are the current top 5 most powerful Kings in Nigeria (latest ranking)
5. Alaafin of Oyo
The Alaafin of 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.
4. 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
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.
2. 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 succeeds Ado Bayero.
The Emirship in Kano is a highly respected one not just in the North but also in the political circles throughout Nigeria.
1. 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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