Do kings still exist in Nigeria?. Of course they do. Yoruba people call them oba, which means ‘someone who presides over everything. Kings are recognized as deities too just like the likes of Sango( god of thunder).
In a place where absolute monarch is their system of government, kings are the Supreme rulers.
Kings are mostly male, only on exceptional cases where a king dies and the next in line has not been confirmed would you find a female playing the role of a king. Although that doesn’t make her a king, she is just watching over the throne till the next king is being confirmed. They call them Regents(Adele).
Here are the names 10 most powerful kings in yoruba land.
1. Olubadan of Ibadan.
High Chief Saliu Adetunji
2. Orangun Ile Ila
Oba Adedoyin Abolition Aroyinkeye
3. Owa Obokun of Ijesha
(HRM) Oba (Dr) Gabriel Adewale Aromolaran II
4. Ooni of Ife
Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunnusi
5. Alaafin of Oyo
Oba Lamidi Adeyemi
6. Alake of Egba
Oba Adetoun Aremu Gbadebo
7. Osemawe of Ondo
Oba Dr Victor Adesimbo Adenrele Ademefun Kiladejo
8. Deji of Akure
Oba Aladetoyinbo Ogunlade Aladelusi Odundun II
9. Ewi of Ado Ekiti
Oba Rufus Adeyemo Adejugbe
10. Ataoja of Oshogbo
Oba Jimoh Abidemi Olanipekun Oyetunji Larooye II