Nigeria’s popular monarchs are known for their unique style and carriage. They set themselves apart from other monarchs in the world and are definitely in a league of their own in terms of poise and character.
In no particular order, we bring you 7 of Nigeria’s most stylish kings:
1. The Alaafin of Oyo Empire, his imperial Majesty Oba (Dr.) Lamidi Olayiwola Adeyemi III
The Alaafin is definitely a monarch with unrivalled class. Oba Adeyemi III, no doubt is one of Africa’s most powerful and most influential kings, and has lived two decades and over half a century into decades of heeding the natural call of the gods and his people.
He is known to always move in the company of his wives all decked in the finest traditional wears that scream pure royalty.
2. Oba Fredrick Akinruntan
Oba Fredrick Akinruntan is the Olugbo of Ugbo land and he is one monarch in Nigeria that has redefined the term ‘style’. He is the wealthiest king in Nigeria according to Forbes with an estimated net worth of $300million.
Oba Akinruntan made his money from the oil business. He is the founder of Obat Oil and is also into real estate as he has exquisite buildings in choice locations in London and across Nigeria.
He possesses an array of luxury cars in his magnificent palace. He made history in 2012 when he emerged the first black person to buy the 2014 model of Bentley which was made solely for Queen Elizabeth of England in the belief that other people would wait till 2014 to ride it.
3. The Obi Of Onitsha
The Obi of Onitsha, His Majesty lgwe Nnaemeka Alfred Achebe is the traditional leader of Onitsha, Anambra State, southeast Nigeria. The office of Obi is recognised by the state and federal governments of Nigeria, and the Obi himself is serves in the capacity of representative of the Onitsha people to the government at state and federal levels.
Achebe is one traditional ruler who has earned a lot of respect and loyalty from his subjects. He is the twenty-first in a dynasty that has thrived for more than four hundred years. He occupies an important position among the people of Onitsha and he is personally associated with the conduct of essential aspects of Onitsha local affairs.
Achebe is one man that has a very stylish demeanour and his ability to attend cultural events dressed in colourful clothes is one to be admired.
4. Oba Rilwan Akiolu
The Oba of Lagos may be the king of Lagos but he serves as a ceremonial ruler of Lagos which is arguably the true heart of the Nigerian nation. Oba Akiolu has no actual political power, but is sought as a counsel or sponsor by Nigerian politicians who seek support from the various residents of Lagos.
Oba Rilwan graces top notch social events in the city and his dressing, swagger and entourage is unmatched.
5. Dein Of Agbor
Benjamin Ikenchuku Keagborekuzi I is the current ‘Dein of Agbor’. He was only two years and four months old after being born in July 1977 when he was crowned king following the the unexpected death of his father. He is currently 38 years of age and has proven to be a wonderful leader driving far reaching reforms in Agbor.
In 2006, President Obasanjo named him Chancellor of University of Ilorin, thus making him, at 29, the youngest Chancellor of any university-public or private-in all of Africa. He is known to be one of the most stylish kings around as his chains and rings are like none other. If we had to pick a king who ruled over the empire of ‘Swag’, it would be the great Dein.
6. Muhammad Sanusi II
Former Central Bank governor, Alhaji Lamido Sanusi was crowned Muhammadu Sanusi II, the 14th Emir of Kano in June 2014 after the death of his predecessor, Late Ado Bayero. Sanusi is a highly learned individual who pushed far reaching reforms in the CBN before he left unceremoniously.
As Emir of Kano, Sanusi has matured gracefully into the role and now moves around with the air of a true king. He is loved by many and when he dons a pair of sunglasses on his amazing Northen regalia, one cannot but salute the man himself and the power he weilds.
7. Oba Saheed Elegushi
Oba Saheed Elegushi is the youngest monarch in Lagos State. The 39-year-old Lagos socialite was born to the family of late (Oba) Yekini Adeniyi Elegushi, Elegushi Royal Family of Ikateland in 1976.
Oba Saheed Ademola Elegushi is married to Olori Sekinat Aramide Elegushi and they have three children.
D’Banj with Oba Elegushi at his coronation anniversary
The admirable Oba who has a preference for dark shades likes hanging out at the most elite parts of Lagos with top celebrities and movers and shakers in the Lagos metropolis.
Most times, he is spotted in public with neat Yoruba traditional wears and shoes and cap to match.