Oba of Lagos
The King of Lagos is the traditional, yet ceremonial, sovereign of Lagos, a coastal Yoruba settlement 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".
The Kingdom of Lagos was under Benin suzerainty up until about the 1830s when tribute requests from Benin were rebuffed by Obas Akitoye and Dosunmu.
The current Oba of Lagos, His Highness Oba Rilwan Akiolu, has served in the position since May 2003.
The Royal Seat
List of Obas of Lagos
- Oyekan I (1885–1900)
- Eshugbayi Eleko (1901-1925 & 1931-1932)
- Ibikunle Akitoye (1925–1928)
- Sanusi Olusi (1928–1931)
- Falolu Dosunmu (1932–1949)
- Adeniji Adele (1949–1964)
- Adeyinka Oyekan II (1965–2003)
- Rilwan Akiolu (2003-present)
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