Although practicing a presidential system of government, the important roles played by the monarchs to the development of their societies and Nigeria as a whole cannot be overlooked.
We take a look at 10 most powerful Nigerian monarchs that are currently on a throne.
10 Olubadan of Ibadan:
The title Olubadan means “Lord of Ibadan” and it is the royal title of the king of Ibadan land. It usually takes decades to groom an Olubadan for the mantle through stages of chieftaincy promotion, thus meaning that just about any male born title-holder of the metropolitan center is a potential king. Olubadans are usually appointed from the two ruling lines to the throne, Egbe Agba (civil) and Balogun (military) on rotational basis following the death of a monarch. The 11 high chiefs that formed the Olubadan-in-council, apart from the Seriki and Iyalode, are recognised as the traditional head of each of the 11 LGs in Ibadanland. They are appointed as presidents of customary courts, who are expected to adjudicate on matrimonial, land, boundary and other communal disputes. Oba Saliu Adetunji Aje Ogungunniso 1 is the current Olubadan and although the position like many other monarchical positions is now largely symbolic, the Olubadan remains a prominent figure and has influence on matters of local politics as well as question political leaders on issues such as violence, corruption and lack of true democracy in the region.
9 Obi of Onitsha:
The post of Obi of Onitsha is recognized by the state and federal government as he is regarded as a representative of his people. He is the traditional leader of Onitsha in Anambra state and Igwe Nnayelugo Alfred Nnaemeka Achebe currently sits on the throne. Born on 14 May, 1941, he had his coronation on the 3rd of June, 2002 and has since then contributed significantly to the development of his people.
- Achebe has a 30 year career within the Shell group of companies and held several top level managerial positions.
- He served as Managing Director of Diamond Bank Plc.
- He serves as the Chairman of Universal Insurance Ltd and Omak Maritime Ltd. He has been the Independent Non-Executive Chairman of Unilever Nigeria Plc since July 28, 2011.
- He served as Chairman of Diamond Bank Plc from January 2007 to December 31, 2014 and as its Director since 2005.
- He has been a Director of Unilever Nigeria Plc since March 2003 and serves as a Non-Executive Director of EER Norway Ltd. HRM.