Traditional Kings in Nigeria

Nigeria is a republic country located in West Africa rich in many rich cultures and tribal groups. With over 370 ethnic groups, they are mostly categorized based on the major ethnic groups in Nigeria which include;

  • Hausa – around 25% of Nigerian population
  • Yoruba – around 21% of Nigerian population
  • Igbo – around 18% of Nigerian population
  • Ijaw – around 10% of Nigerian population
  • Edo (Bini)
  • Fulani – around 6% of Nigerian population
  • Tiv -around 2.4% of Nigerian population
  • Efik
  • Kanuri – around 4% of Nigerian population
  • Ibibio – around 3.5% of Nigerian population

Most of these ethnic groups have had monarchical systems way before colonialism, while others were created by British colonial authorities for easier governance of these tribes. Today the royal lineages exist and the tradition of crowning kings continues to this day. Despite lack of substantial political power, they have considerable status and influence in their areas of reign religiously and culturally.

Olutayo Adeshina, a professor of history at the University of Lagos, said that by pledging to respect the culture “by protecting, preserving and promoting traditional values”, the Nigerian constitution recognises the important role of traditional leaders. “Traditional leaders possess some latent power which politicians are afraid of, hence the tension between the two. “If they are not relevant, the politicians would ignore them. But you ignore them at your own peril,” he said.

The Kings of the many traditional kingdoms and emirates are titled in various different titles according to the over 525 local languages. Nigerian monarchs vary in hierarchy and are classified into first, second or third class Kings. Some rule over large areas, while others are rulers of a village or town

Each Nigerian state has a Council of Traditional Kings which advises the state on cultural and traditional issues. There is also a state council for the country which advises the President of Nigeria and his government.

Below is a list of the over 500 traditional Kings of Nigeria

  1. Alaafin of Oyo
  2. Abepa of Joga
  3. Aku Uka of Wukari, Kwararafa kingdom, Jukun people
  4. Ad’Ogbadibo of Orokam
  5. Abodu of Ikale
  6. Akarigbo of Remo
  7. Alayetoro of Ayetoro Ekiti
  8. Alaketu of Ketu
  9. Alapomu of Apomu
  10. Alara of Ilara
  11. Alake of Egbaland (also known as Egba Ake)
  12. Attah of Igala
  13. Amanyanabo of Kalabari
  14. Amanyanabo of Boony (Ubani)
  15. Amanyanabo of Opobo
  16. Ataoja of Osogbo
  17. Awujale of Ijebu
  18. Arujale of Okeluse
  19. Adokun of Igan-Okoto
  20. Alademeso of Igan-Alade
  21. Amayanabo of Opobo
  22. Amanyanabo of Ogbolomabiri, Nembe Kingdom of Izon people
  23. Amanyanabo of Bassambiri, Nembe Kingdom of Izon people
  24. Amanyanabo of Okpoama, Nembe Kingdom of Izon people
  25. Amanyanabo of Odioama, Nembe Kingdom of Izon people
  26. Amanyanabo of Twon Brass, Nembe Kingdom of Izon people
  27. Amayanabo of Ke
  28. Amanyanabo of Okochiri
  29. Amayanabo of Sangana
  30. Amayanabo of Ogu
  31. Agwam of Atyap people
  32. Agwam Bajju of Bajju people
  33. Agwam Fantswam of Fantswam (Kafanchan) people
  34. Agwam Asholyio of Moroa, Asholyio people
  35. Are of Eggon people
  36. Aidonogie of south Ibie, Afemai People
  37. Agom adara of Adara people
  38. Akan of Badagry
  39. Agura of Gbagura
  40. Alani of Ido Ani
  41. Ayangburen of Ikorodu
  42. Aladegunshebi of Odoragunshen
  43. Alabirun of Ikaare
  44. Aholu of Ajido
  45. Adeboruwa of Igbogbo
  46. Alabirun of Ikaare
  47. Alajede of Ijede
  48. Alado of Ado
  49. Alaye-Ode of Ode Remo
  50. Alakenne of Ikenne
  51. Adokun of Igan-Okoto
  52. Ajalorun of Ijebu-Ife
  53. Akija of Ikija-Ijebu
  54. Alaiye of Odogbolu
  55. Agbowu of Ogbaagbaa
  56. Amananaowei of Tombia
  57. Ad’Igede of Igede people
  58. Agaba of Izhia
  59. Adedugbe Jegun of Ile-Oluji
  60. Ajobu of Araromi-Obu
  61. Abodi of Ikoya
  62. Asigangan of Igangan
  63. Aseyin of Iseyin
  64. Alepata of Igboho
  65. Atar Aten of Ganawuri Riyom
  66. Agwom Izere of Izere
  67. Bra Ngwe Irigwe of Irigwe people
  68. Chun of Mada people
  69. Chun of Gudi
  70. Dein of Agbor
  71. Deji of Akure
  72. Dagburewe of Idowa
  73. Da Gwom Rwey of Vwang
  74. Elegushi of Ikate
  75. Ebenanaowei of Ogulagha
  76. Ebenanaowei of Gbarain
  77. Ebenanaowei of Tuomo
  78. Ebenanaowei of Oporomor
  79. Ebenanaowei of Kumbowei
  80. Ebenanaowei of Oyakiri
  81. Elemuren of Emuren
  82. Edidem of Akwa Akpa
  83. Elejinrin of Ejinrin
  84. Ewi of Ado-Ekiti
  85. Etsu of Nupe people (also known as Emir of Bida)
  86. Etsu of Lapai
  87. Emir of Kano
  88. Emir of Bichi
  89. Emir of Zazzau (also known as Emir of Zaria)
  90. Emir of Daura
  91. Emir of Gombe
  92. Emir of Borgu
  93. Emir of Fika
  94. Emir of Biu
  95. Emir of Gwandu
  96. Emir of Gusau
  97. Emir of Gumel
  98. Emir of Potiskum
  99. Emir of Patigi
  100. Emir of Misau
  101. Emir of Lafiagi
  102. Emir of Lafia
  103. Emir of Jama’are
  104. Emir of Rano
  105. Emir of Nasarawa
  106. Emir of Katsina
  107. Emir of Kazaure
  108. Emir of Damaturu
  109. Emir of Jajere
  110. Emir of Hadejia
  111. Emir of Zamfara
  112. Emir of Mubi
  113. Emir of Agaie (also known as Etsu Agaie)
  114. Emir of Kebbi (also known as Argungu)
  115. Emir of Suleja
  116. Emir of Bade
  117. Emir of Bauchi
  118. Emir of Ilorin
  119. Emir of Birnin Gwari
  120. Emir of Gujba
  121. Emir of Kagara
  122. Emir of Katagum
  123. Emir of Keffi
  124. Emir of Lere
  125. Emir of Muri Taraba
  126. Emir of Machina
  127. Emir of Ningi
  128. Emir of Yauri
  129. Emir of Wase
  130. Emir of Kanam
  131. Emir of Bungudu
  132. Emir of Bakura
  133. Emir of Tsafe
  134. Emir of Bukkuyum
  135. Emir of Birnin
  136. Emir of Talata-Mafara
  137. Emir of Kaura-Namoda
  138. Ere of Koro Wachi people
  139. Eburu of Iba
  140. Ebumawe of Ago-Iwoye
  141. Elewo of Ilewo
  142. Eze Obi of Orodo
  143. Eze and Igwe – used by most Igbo people kings
  144. Eze of Enugwu Auleri
  145. Eze of Nri
  146. Ezhie of Ezhionum
  147. Ebu of Umuebu
  148. Eze of Ngwa
  149. Eze Edem of Edem
  150. Eze Ekpeye Logbo of Ekpeye
  151. Eze of Eri
  152. Eze Igwete of Amai
  153. Eze of Abia
  154. Eze of Umuanunu
  155. Eze of Olaukwu
  156. Eze of Irete
  157. Eze of Eziokele
  158. Eze of Amaifeke
  159. Eze Okiruru of Umudioka
  160. Ezediohanma of Umukpa Alike
  161. Eze Ezikochi of Awaka
  162. Ezeudo of Nguru Nwekeoha
  163. Eze Ogwu of Ogwuama
  164. Eze Umara of Adakam Amumara
  165. Eze Uri of Uri Amaimo
  166. Eze of Ngor
  167. Ezeoha of Eziobodo
  168. Eze Chidiebube of Egbelu Obube
  169. Eze Ihemefulen of Umuonyima Owerri
  170. Eze Ononenyi of Ozuh Omuma
  171. Eze Obi of Nkume
  172. Eze Obodo of Assa
  173. Eze Igwe Ohazurumee Of Nneato-Ochasi
  174. Eze Otachirioha of Ossemoto
  175. Eze Isiala of Isiala Umudi
  176. Ezeudo of Mgbidi
  177. Eze Akanigbo Of Umuakam
  178. Eze Ekiti of Ekitti Afor Abba
  179. Eze of Awada Iheme Izuogu
  180. Eze Ebubedike of Awo-Idemmili
  181. Eze Obi of Isu Njaba
  182. Eze Egwelle Diohanma of Umuduru
  183. Eze Nlogho of Umulogho
  184. Eze Ojiwuru Obodo of Anara
  185. Eze Ihi of Umuihi
  186. Eze Agu of Iheoma Gazoo Of Amagu
  187. Ezeoha of Okwuato
  188. Eze Anekwu of Eziowa
  189. Eze of Umuagna
  190. Eze of Isuokoma
  191. Esu of Karu
  192. Esu of Bwari
  193. Gara of Donga
  194. Gbong Gwom of Jos, Berom people
  195. Gbegande of Ososa
  196. Ibedawei of Akassa
  197. Ibedawei of Bilabiri
  198. Igwe of Nnewi (also has the title Obi of Otolo)
  199. Igwe Duru of Orlu
  200. Igwe of Ugbo Igbo
  201. Igwe of Ekoli
  202. Igwe of Ndeaboh
  203. Igwe of Aji
  204. Igwe Omashi of Iwollo
  205. Iralepo of Isinkan
  206. King of Emu
  207. Kpop of Ham people
  208. Long of Gamai/ Goemai people
  209. Lamido of Adamawa
  210. Lamido of Gassol
  211. Limeri of Awa
  212. Moyegeso of Itele
  213. Magajiya (Queen) of Kubwada – ruled by women only
  214. Maiyaki of Kupa
  215. Mai of Tula people
  216. Ngolong of Ngas people
  217. Negbuwa of Ibido
  218. Ooni of Ife – considered seniormost King of all Yoruba people
  219. Oba of Benin kingdom, Edo people
  220. Obong of Calabar, Efik people
  221. Olugbo of Ugbo – Richest King in Nigeria
  222. Olu of Warri (Iwerre), Itsekiri people
  223. Obi of Onitsha
  224. Oba of Lagos (lagos was traditionally called Eko)
  225. Ojomu of Ajiran
  226. Olu of Ilaro and Paramount Ruler of Yewaland
  227. Oluwo of Iwo
  228. Olowo of Owo
  229. Olowu of Owu
  230. Olowu of Owu Kuta
  231. Obi of ,Issele Uku
  232. Olugbon of Orile-Igbon
  233. Olubadan of Ibadan
  234. Oniru of Iru
  235. Onisolu of Solu alade
  236. Olofa of Offa
  237. Oloto of Oto Awori
  238. Olowu of Igbara Oke
  239. Onisabe of Igbobi Sabe
  240. Olufon of Ifon
  241. Odemo of Isara
  242. Oliyere of Iyere
  243. Onipokia of Ipokia
  244. Owaloko of Iloko Ijesha
  245. Oluboropa of Iboropa
  246. Och’Idoma of Idoma people
  247. Ohinoyi of Ebira people/ Ebiraland
  248. Obi of the Idumeje-Unor
  249. Onojie of Urohi
  250. Onojie of Uromi
  251. Onigbeji of Igbeji
  252. Olojo of Ojo
  253. Oloja of Igbesa
  254. Oloto of Oto Awori
  255. Ololo of Ijofin
  256. Otaru of Auchi, Afemai people
  257. Okumagbe of Weppa Wanno (Agenebode), Afemai people
  258. Ogieneni of Uzairue (Jattu), Afemai People
  259. Oba of Agbede, Afemai People
  260. Otaru of Igarra, Afemai People
  261. Obi of Ubulu Uku
  262. Obi of Owa
  263. Olila-ebhugh of Abureni
  264. Oliola of Anegbette,
  265. Okumagbe of Iuleha clan,
  266. Okuopellagbe of Okpella 
  267. Olofin Adimula Oodua of Ado Odo
  268. Olomu of Igbomina
  269. Oniroko of Iroko
  270. Osana of Keana
  271. Osile of Oke Ona
  272. Orodje of Okpe, Urhobo people
  273. Orosuen of Okere-Urhobo, Urhobo people
  274. Ovie of Uvwie, Urhobo people
  275. Ovie of Ughelli, Urhobo people
  276. Ovie of Evwreni, Urhobo people
  277. Ovie of Agbon, Urhobo people
  278. Ovie of Umiaghwa Abraka 
  279. Osuivie of Agbarho, Urhobo people
  280. Okpara Uku of Orogun, Urhobo people
  281. Ohworode of Olomu, Urhobo people
  282. Ozuruigbo of Owerri
  283. Onochi-Eze of Umutu
  284. Olu of Ikeja
  285. Onisiwo of Abagbo & Tomaro
  286. Olu Agege of Agege
  287. Onigando of Igando
  288. Ojon of Ejigbo
  289. Oba Shomolu of Somolu
  290. Oba of Egbeda
  291. Oba of Oworonshoki and Kosofe
  292. Oba of Odi-Olowo
  293. Oloja of Epe
  294. Onibeju of Ibeju
  295. Onise of Ise
  296. Orijeru of Igbooye
  297. Onigbanko of Igbankoland
  298. Onilado of Ilado and Inagbe Island
  299. Onijanikin of Ijanikin
  300. Ofori of Ibeshe
  301. Osolu of Irewe
  302. Obateru of Egbin
  303. Olubeshe of Ibeshe
  304. Onidogo of Idogo
  305. Olu of Ijale Ketu
  306. Ooye of Iwoye Ketu
  307. Ogidimadagbo of Ilodo Ijebu
  308. Onipara of Ipara
  309. Ologere of Ogere
  310. Olomu of Omu
  311. Olobi of Ilobi
  312. Oniboro of Iboro
  313. Oloja of Igbesa
  314. Ololo of Ijofin
  315. Oniko of Ikolaje
  316. Onidofa of Idofa
  317. Onimeko of Imeko
  318. Olubara of Ibara
  319. Omola of Imala
  320. Onisaga of Isaga.
  321. Oniro of Iro
  322. Onilogbo of Ilogbo
  323. Olu of Ifo
  324. Onijale of Ijale – Papa
  325. Olu of Itori
  326. Olu of Afowowa Sogade
  327. Olu of Orile-Igbore
  328. Onikoko of Koko-Ebiye
  329. Onitele of Itele
  330. Olu of Akinale
  331. Onipe of Ibu-Arijan
  332. Orimolusi of Ijebu-Igbo
  333. Obiri of Idobiri
  334. Olu of Odosenlu Alaro
  335. Oru of Imoru
  336. Olupele of Ipele
  337. Oloba of Uso
  338. Olupemen of Ipemen
  339. Ojomoluda of Ijebu Owo
  340. Oliworo of Iworo
  341. Obenibe of Epie
  342. Odio-Logbo of Okugbe Isoko
  343. Olisua of Isua
  344. Olofun of Irele
  345. Owa of Idanre
  346. Olubaka of Oka
  347. Onigbeti Of Igbeti
  348. Okere of Saki
  349. Onpetu of Ijeru
  350. Peremobowei of Kabowei
  351. Pere of Olodiama
  352. Pere of Gbaramatu
  353. Pere of Ogbe Ijoh Warri
  354. Pere of Isaba
  355. Pere of Akugbene Mein
  356. Paramount Ruler of Koromotoru
  357. Paramount ruler of Efuts
  358. Paramount ruler of the Quas
  359. Paramount ruler of the Yakurr
  360. Paramount ruler of Ogoja
  361. Paramount ruler of Obudu
  362. Paramount ruler of Bekwarra
  363. Paramount ruler of Obanliku
  364. Paramount ruler of Boki
  365. Paramount ruler of Yala
  366. Ponzhi of Tarok people
  367. Ranodu of Imota
  368. Rebuja Of Osooro
  369. Sultan of Sokoto
  370. Soun of Ogbomoso
  371. Shehu of Borno
  372. Shehu of Dikwa
  373. Sa Gbayi of Gbayi people (also known as Etsu of Chikun)
  374. Sarkin Sudan of Kontagora
  375. Sabiganna of Iganna
  376. Saf of Ron Kulere
  377. Tor Tiv or Begha u Tiv of Tiv people
  378. Timi of Ede
  379. Rekna of Bashar, Yankam people
  380. Ukor of Ihievbe, Afemai people
  381. Utu Ugo Kiche of Rukuba
  382. Ugo Namap of Amo
  383. Ujah of Anaguta
  384. Yangede of Epe

List incomplete

sources

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Nigerian_traditional_states

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nigerian_traditional_rulers

https://kingdomsofnigeria.com/

https://www.nigeriagalleria.com/Nigeria/States_Nigeria/

https://innonews.com.ng/2022/04/recognized-traditional-rulers-in-imo-state-the-full-list/

https://www.facebook.com/AGEGETV/photos/list-of-the-77-ranking-yoruba-obas-in-ogun-statethe-ogun-state-ministry-of-local/2562671013843046/

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