Wednesday, 31 July 2013

The last kings of Africa: How Nigeria's tribal monarchs still live in lavish royal splendour

God save the Kings:
Posing on his ornate throne, Alhaji Dr Ado Abdullahi Bayero is the current 'Emir of Kano', a position he has held since 1963. A former ambassador to Senegal he is renowned for his abundant wealth, which has been amassed by investing in the stock market and agriculture

HRM Agbogidi Obi James Ikechukwu Anyasi II, The Obi of Idumuje Unor, was until his death earlier this year, the longest reigning African Monarch
Robes of office: HRM Agbogidi Obi James Ikechukwu Anyasi II, 'The Obi of the Idumuje Unor kingdom', was until his death earlier this year, the longest reigning African Monarch. He was crowned king on October 9, 1946 at the age of 22. His robe, depicting a young Queen Elizabeth, gives a clear nod to the period of British colonial rule

The Emir of Kano is attended by aides as he sits on the back of his vintage Rolls Royce on his way to the Central Mosque in Kano
Out for a ride: The Emir of Kano Alhaji Dr Ado Abdullahi Bayero is attended by aides as he sits on the back of his vintage Rolls Royce on his way to the Central Mosque in Kano 

His Majesty, Wilson Ojakovo Oghoghovwe Oharisi III was made The Ovie of Ughelli in 1980 and has ruled over the great kingdom of Ughelli and Urhoboland for more than 33 years
His Majesty, Wilson Ojakovo Oghoghovwe Oharisi III was made the 'Ovie of Ughelli' in 1980 and has ruled over the great kingdoms of Ughelli and Urhoboland for more than 33 years

Alayeluwa Oba Okunade Sijuwade, the current Ooni of Ife, relaxes in his throne room surrounded by some of his royal aides. Born in 1930, he is the grandson of the Ooni Sijuwade Adelekan Olubuse I
Alayeluwa Oba Okunade Sijuwade, the current 'Ooni of Ife', relaxes in his throne room.  Born in 1930, he has enjoyed a colourful life first working for his father's business, then with the Nigerian Tribune newspaper, before attending Northampton College in the United Kingdom where he studied business management. In 1963 he became Sales Director of the state-owned National Motor company in the Nigerian capital Lagos. He later formed a company to distribute Soviet-built vehicles and equipment in Nigeria
 His Royal Majesty Oba Oyetunji Jimoh Olanipekun Larooyell, the Ataoja of Osogbo in southwest Nigeria
His Royal Majesty Oba Oyetunji Jimoh Olanipekun Larooyell, the 'Ataoja of Osogbo' in southwest Nigeria. He worked as a teacher for many years, firstly at a baptist day school. He was crowned king in 1976 and rules over some 300,000 subjects. He has studied management in London and is a qualified chartered accountant

 Born to rule: Sitting on a golden throne, Benjamin Ikenchuku Keagborekuzi I is the current Dein of Agbor Kingdom.
Born to rule: Sitting on his golden throne, Benjamin Ikenchuku Keagborekuzi I is the current 'Dein of Agbor'. Just two years and four months after his birth in July 1977 he was crowned king following the the unexpected death of his father. It meant he was the youngest king anywhere in the world. He is currently the Chancellor of the University of Ilorin, one of Nigeria's most prestigious universities

Omo N Oba N Edo Uku Akpolokpolo Erediauwa I is the reigning Oba of Benin Kingdom in the Edo state of Nigeria
 
Omo N'Oba N'Edo Uku Akpolokpolo Erediauwa I (left) was crowned 'Oba of Benin Kingdom' in the Edo state of Nigeria in 1979. Before that he studied at Cambridge university before being appointed to many top government posts.
Alhaji Abdulmumini Kabir Usman is the current Emir of Kasina
Alhaji Abdulmumini Kabir Usman (Right) is the current and 50th 'Emir of Kasina'. He was coronated in 2008 five days after the death of his father, Emir Muhammad Kabir Usman. He is remembered as a peacemaker during the Nigerian civil war and has a passion for Polo

His Majesty, Deinmowuru Donokoromo III, The Pere of Isaba has been king of Isaba in the oil rich South-West area of Delta state
His Majesty, Deinmowuru Donokoromo III, The 'Pere of Isaba', poses with his royal sceptre outside his palace. He has ruled over the Kingdom of Isaba  in the oil rich South-West area of Delta state since 1983

source:dailymail

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