List of 10 Most Powerful Kings In Nigeria (Accurate Ranking)

In Ancient times, before the British colonization of Nigeria, there were powerful kings in Nigeria who were seen as demi-gods who were said to have great influence and control over their subjects and on the people they rule.

In modern times, the powers of these kings have declined due to the emergence of the Federal system of government operating in Nigeria. Nevertheless, there are still some of these monarchs whose influence cannot be underestimated and are respected due to their heritage and tradition from time immemorial.

In no sequential order, Below are the current top 10 most powerful Kings in Nigeria (latest ranking)

The Sultan of Sokoto

The Sultan’s position in Nigeria dates back to the pre-colonial era and is one that has a lot of influence especially for the Muslims. He is not just seen as a Monarch but the spiritual leader for the Muslims in Nigeria. Currently, Sultan Muhammadu Sa’ad Abubakar IV is the present Sultan of Sokoto. He succeeded his late brother Muhammadu Maccido who died in a plane crash, the ADC Airline flight 53 flight to be precise.

The Emir of Kano

Mallam Muhammad Sanusi II is the current Emir of Kano. Sanusi was formerly the governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria. He was made Emir after the death of Alhaji Dr. Ado Bayero who ruled for 51 years.

The Alaafin of Oyo

The Alaafin of Oyo is seen as one of the most powerful kings in Nigeria because of the culture, heritage and history of the old Oyo empire which dates back to the pre-colonial era in Nigeria.

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According to legend, the Alaafin of Oyo wielded such sovereign authority and was seen as god to the Yoruba people. The current Alaafin of Oyo is Lamidi Olayiwola III, who succeeded Alaafin Gbadegesi Ladigbolu II.

The Ooni of Ife

The current Ooni of Ile-Ife is Oba Ogunwusi and he is the paramount ruler of the Ife dynasty. It is said that he plays a strong part in choosing the Osun’s state governor.

The Dein of Agbor

History has it that the Dein of Agbor became a king at just four months old which makes him the youngest monarch to ever ascend a royal throne in Nigeria. King Benjamin Ikenchukwu Keagborekuzi is currently the Dein of Agbor or Officer in the order of the crown as it is popularly called.

Oba of Benin

He is also referred to as “Omo N’Oba” and the ruler of the Benin kingdom. The ancient Kingdom of Benin dates back even before the colonial masters settled in Nigeria. The current Oba of Benin is Oba Ehinede who succeded his late father Oba Eriaduwa.

Oba of Lagos

He is also referred to as the Eleko of Eko, Oba Rilwan Babatunde Osuolale Aremu Akiolu is the current Oba of Lagos. Lagos itself was the former capital of Nigeria and currently the most populated city in Nigeria.

Olu of Warri

He is the leader of the Itsekiri people. The Warri kingdom is currently ruled by a popular Nigerian lawyer, who has held various positions in Warri, Godwin Toju Emiko. Warri is located in Delta state

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Obi of Onitsha

Also on the current top 10 most powerful Kings in Nigeria is Igwe Nnayelugo Alfred Nnaemeka Achebe, a very influential monarch in Nigeria and he is the current traditional ruler and the Obi of Onitsha people. When it comes to issues concerning the south eastern part of Nigeria, he is most likely to be first consulted which ranks him among the most powerful kings in Nigeria.

Olubadan of Ibadan

Olubadan means Lord of Ibadan and was held by late Oba Samuel Odulana Odugade who died at the age of 101. The current Olubadan of Ibadan is Oba Saliu Adetunji. Ibadan is also an ancient Kingdom.

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  1. Michael

    Is your categorization based on hierarchical assessment? Why placing the Dein of Agbor before the Oba of Benin? Agbor was a one of the towns under the Benin Kingdom.

  2. gbenga shonubi

    If its hierarchy by hierarchy the olubadan cant be their while the paramount ruler of ijebuland is not there.i mean the awujale of ijebuland Oba Dr s.k Adetona

    1. Adebayo

      And even if its hierarchy Olubadan of Ibadan aint supposed to be mentioned last and talking abt Kings for the west-Side Dont ever mention Ijebu. Full stop.

  3. Charles asemota

    @Micheal who wrote this article is seriously misguarded

  4. cincher

    Olubadan is undisputably higher in rank than awujale in all standard!

  5. mujaheed: imam

    daura emirate isnot inclusive

  6. Sir Joe

    Obi of Ubulu Uku ranks amongst the topmost i Nigeria dating back to the early 15tb century

  7. Umar

    What of shehu of borno?

  8. Emma Ambo

    You’re very wrong, they’re three of them.
    The Obong of calabar.
    The oba of Benin and
    The sultan of sokoto.
    Recognize internationally.

  9. mukhtar

    Go and research

  10. Ayodele Israel

    Oni of Ife should be placed before Alaafin and Oba of Bennin

    1. Aisien Doubra Frank

      says who??? Oni of Ife is no were bear the great Oba of Benin… they are not mates

      1. richard

        another clone thought… coparing Ooni to oba of Benin

      2. Uzzi

        Flesh and blood didn’t reveal that to you but the spirits. Long leave the Benin kingdom

  11. Aljiyali

    what of emir of Zazau

  12. Naira vs dollar

    The new joking of d year

  13. The El-kanemi of Borno most be inclusive

  14. Adejoh O.Confidence

    the people that fed you history are not good historian,if you call these ten kings of yours “the most srongest kings in nig,what about the king that dismissed and close down they meeting in Kaduna?.google it yourself

  15. Don Danladi

    this is the most stupid post i have ever seen. It lacks fact, originality and it is an attempt to gain traffic. I warn the idiotic blogger to be careful of what he/or she post for the consumption of the people. RUBBISH!!!!!!!!

  16. alegbe

    great Nigerians great

  17. Muhammad

    What of emir of gwandu,emir of hadejia,emir of kazaure all of the shehu usman danfudio plagued

  18. Sunday Thomas Attah

    u must not forget about the GREAT ATTAH of IGALA if only u are sincere to your self

  19. Aliyu

    i did not agree with this person. what etsu nupe, ALHAJI YAHAYA ABUBAKAR…BAAAAGANDOZHI….!

  20. Moronkade

    Where is Sheu of Borno? And what of Owa obokun adimula of Ijeshaland

  21. Omoniger1

    Ooni should be before Alaafin in this ranking of kings in nigeria.

  22. Abubakar Alfa

    You have forgotten of Nupe Kingdom where Etsu Nupe, the Emir of Bida as paramount ruller.the only Kingdom the British wouldn’t defeat.

  23. ISAH

    the rate’s base on wealth, base on powerful level, some run from their plance during war,

  24. bright Nwakanma

    Though the igbos never had kings until the coming of the white man, the highest king in igboland is the Eze Nri. Every king in igboland is under him and I thought you knew that.

  25. Etarigho Benjamin

    The Orodje of Okpe Kingdom is the number KING in Delta state, so why mention the the Dein Of Agbor when you have not mentioned the GREAT ORODJE OF OKPE KINGDOM.Go and do more research…meanwhile, people should stop taking post like personal.

  26. Mekus

    I wonder why non igbo people think obi of onitsha is an influential trad ruler in igboland? He is not. In fact non of them has any influence beyond their immediate domains.
    Moreover, Igbo culture is republican so the incidence kingship is a alien. An average igbo man is his own king mind you.

  27. Nwagbo Philip

    Listening,what of my village king?His name is not in the list.just passing and reading comments

  28. optimist

    This post is rubbish.. What of Alake of egba land

  29. Kingsley Agbons

    Oba of Benin is number one

  30. Iziengbe

    Oba of Benin is number one

  31. Momoh kasim abdulrafiu

    His grace HRH,Aidonogie of south ibie oba momohkasim abdulrafiu need to be included, based on the history of of ibienafe ,south ibie and north ibie

  32. princebow

    HISTORICALLY EMPIRE/KINGDOM
    oba of benin
    sultan of sokoto
    oni of ife
    alafin of oYo
    oba of lagos
    obong of calabar.

  33. History is the most difficult study to engage in because very many writers always pick from where they know. The good thing is that everyone is trying to drive the hole toward themselves. Not until recencent the agument about Olu of Warri is dying down, otherwise, the aclaim Olu of warri is never and will never be accepted by the Urhobos that owned the Land of Warri, that the Olu is the king of Warri, rather whoever is the Olu, is the Olu of Itshekiri, we all know that as the indigin of the area. The recognized Kings of Urhobo Land are well known, not those that grew from political jairay.

  34. Prince Iyamu

    The old Benin Kingdom was the most powerful kingdom in the southern part of today’s Nigeria. This writer/blogger is very ill-inform, go and research Nigeria history before the amalgamation of the Southern Nigeria and Northern Nigeria.
    Benin Empire was as far as Dahomey today Republic of Benin, Lagos was ”EKO” was a base by the Benin army. Ga-people of Ghana are part of the Benin Empire. Don’t blogger your incomplete stupid uneducated history. Most Nigerians are just liars and tribalistic group of corrupt people. AGBOR was a joke. GET A COPY OF THE NEWLY RELEASE BOOK CALLED THE RED BOOK the complete history of the Benin kingdom. The Oba of Benin is # 1 ask the British, Portuguese and others Europeans.

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