List of rulers of the Yoruba state of Oyo

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Territory located in present-day Nigeria.

In the Yoruba language, the word 'oba' means king or ruler. It is also common for the rulers of the various Yoruba domains to have their own special titles. In Oyo, the Oba is referred to as the Alaafin.

Tenure Incumbent Notes
c.1400 Foundation of Oyo Empire
c.1835 Invasion by Fulani Empire
1888 British protectorate
1400 to ???? Oranyan, Alaafin
???? to ???? Ajaka, Alaafin
???? to ???? Shango, Alaafin
???? to ???? Ajaka (restored), Alaafin
???? to ???? Aganju, Alaafin
???? to ???? Kori, Alaafin
???? to ???? Oluaso, Alaafin
c. 1500 to ???? Onigbogi, Alaafin
???? to ???? Ofirin, Alaafin
???? to ???? Eguguojo, Alaafin
???? to ???? Orompoto, Alaafin
c. 1600 to ???? Abipa, Alaafin
???? to ???? Obalokun, Alaafin
???? to ???? Oluodo, Alaafin
???? to ???? Ajagbo, Alaafin
???? to ???? Odarawu, Alaafin
???? to ???? Kanran, Alaafin
???? to ???? Jayin, Alaafin
???? to ???? Ayibi, Alaafin
???? to ???? Osiyago, Alaafin
c. 1728 to 1730 Ojigi, Alaafin
c. 1730 to 1746 Gberu, Alaafin
1746 Amuniwaiye, Alaafin
1746 to 1754 Onisile, Alaafin
1754 Labisi, Alaafin
1754 Awonbioju, Alaafin
1754 Agboluaje, Alaafin
1754 to 1770 Majeogbe, Alaafin
c. 1770 to 1789 Abiodun, Alaafin
1789 to 1796 Awole Arogangan, Alaafin
1796 to 1797 Adebo, Alaafin
1797 Makua, Alaafin
1797 to 1802 vacant, vacant
1802 to 1830 Majotu, Alaafin
1830 to 1833 Amodo, Alaafin
1833 to 1835 Oluewu, Alaafin
1837 to 1859 Atiba Atobatele (at new capital), Alaafin
1859 to 1875 Adelu, Alaafin
1876 to 1888 Adeyemi I Alowolodu, Alaafin
1888 to 1905 Adeyemi I Alowolodu (as British Vassal), Oba
1905 to 1911 Lawani Agogoja (as British Vassal), Oba
1911 to 1944 Siyanbola Onikepe Oladigbolu I (as British Vassal), Oba
1944 to 1945 Regent (as British Vassal), Oba
1945 to 1955 Adeyemi II Adeniran (as British Vassal), Oba
1955 to 1956 Regent (as British Vassal), Oba
1956 to 1960 Bello Gbadegesin Oladigbolu II (as British Vassal), Oba
1960 to 1968 Bello Gbadegesin Oladigbolu II (as Nigerian Traditional Monarch), Oba
19 November 1970 to Present Lamidi Olayiwola Adeyemi III (as Nigerian Traditional Monarch), Oba

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