Oba of Lagos

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Portrait of Oba Rilwan Akiolu, 2006

The King of Lagos is the traditional, yet ceremonial, sovereign of Lagos, a historic outpost of the Benin kingdom that went on to become one of the largest cities in Africa after first giving its name to Lagos State, the acknowledged financial heart of contemporary Nigeria. The king has no political power, but is sought as a counsel or sponsor by Nigerian politicians who seek support from the various residents of Lagos. Among other ceremonial roles, the Oba also plays a central part in the Eyo festival as well as indulging in tourism advertisements on behalf of the city, often stating, "you've gotta go to Lagos".

Although its line of kings are indeed of Edo origin, they have also largely been of Yoruba descent, and the modern kingdom is commonly considered to be a Yoruba traditional state as a result of this fact.

The Royal Seat[edit]

The official residence of the king, since 1630, is Iga Idunganran, a castle constructed by the Portuguese over the course of close to a century. It is today a very popular tourist site.

List of Obas of Lagos[edit]

  • Ashipa (1600–1630)
  • King Ado (1630–1669)
  • King Gabaro (1669–1704)
  • King Akinsemoyin (1704–1749)
  • Eletu Kekere (1749)
  • King Ologun Kutere (1749–1775)
  • Adele Ajosun (1775-1780 & 1832-1834)
  • Eshilokun (1780–1819)
  • Oba Idewu Ojulari (1819–1832)
  • King Oluwole (1836–1841)
  • King Akintoye (1841-1845 & 1851-1853)
  • Oba Kosoko (1845–1851)
  • King Dosunmu the great(1853–1885)
  • Oba Oyekan (1885–1900)
  • Oba Esugbayi Eleko (1901-1925 & 1932)
  • Oba Ibikunle Akitoye (1925–1928)
  • Oba Sanusi Olusi (1928–1931)
  • Oba Falolu (1932–1949)
  • Oba Adeniji Adele (1949–1964)
  • Oba Adeyinka Oyekan II (1965–2003)
  • Oba Rilwan Akiolu (2003 till date)

See also[edit]