The ever lively Yoruba culture is worth discovering and exploring. This ethnic group usually had traditional rulers who stood as the sons of Oduduwa according to their tradition. Oduduwa is regarded as the first Ife’s ruler which represents the gods of all recent and autonomous royal families and generations in Yorubaland.
The Yoruba’s have this believe that Oduduwa came as a soldier to fight for the yorubas which made them assume him as their idol, making him the father of the whole Yoruba Kingdom. It is a common believe in the land that reigning Obas in Yoruba Land are Kings who continue from where the Oduduwa started and keeps the Yorubas united under the yoruba crown.
Just as the President is regarded as the political leader and Chief Commander of the Nation, ethic groups also have their own traditional rulers.
Stories trailing the ranking of Obas in the Yoruba land has recently caused series of controversies regarding who is Nigeria’s Yoruba powerful king. According to report from the Alake and Paramount ruler of Egbaland, who came up with what seem to bring answers to the lingering controversies, declared that the Ooni of Ife remains the number one Monarch in the Yoruba land and should be given the honor as the most powerful king in the Yoruba land.
With this Article, you will get to know the Top 10 Obas in Yoruba Land as mentioned by the Alake of Egbaland.
1. Ooni of Ife:
Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi is known as the most powerful Kinging in Yorubland according to the Alake. Among the five principal Obas in Yorubaland, The Oonii is the first just as the Sultan of Sokoto is the highest ruler in the north. He is regarded as one of the most influential figures in the country.
2. Alaafin of Oyo
Born October 15th, 1938. Lamidi Olayiwola Adeyemi III is the second highest ranked Oba in the Yorubaland. He is referred as the Alaafin of Oyo, traditional ruler of the Yoruba state of Oyo. Alaafin is recognized as the emperor of the Oyo empire according to the Oyo Dynasty which dates back to the Old Oyo.
3. Oba of Benin
Regarded by many as the highest traditional ruler in Nigeria, due to his popularity in Nigeria and his wields influence over the Edo people. The historic Eweka dysnaty of the great benin empire is headed by him. There is also a believe that the Yoruba people originated from the Benin kingdom. Thus, the Title Oba is being regarded as King. Between 1180 and 1300, Benin Empire’s first Oba known as Oba Eweka 1 who descended power, first created the Title of Oba.
4. Alake of Egbaland:
Ranked as the forth highest Oba in the Yorubaland, Alake is the paramount ruler king of Egba land, Ogun state, the city of Abeokuta. Egba is made up of Owu Kingdom, Egba Alake, Oke-Ana and Gbagura.
5. Awujale of Ijebuland
This is the Oba of Ijebu also known as Geebu. Formed in the fifteenth century, this is a Yoruba kingdom in pre-colonial Nigeria. This is conceived by some legends as the ruling dynasty founded by Obanta of Ile-Ife.
6. Oba Saliu Adetunji People who live in Ibadan know Oba Saliu Adtunji who is the forty-first Olubadan. His coronation was held 2 years ago, in 2016.
7. Oba Francis Adedoyin
The king in the town of Modakeke in Osun State. His real name is Francis Adedoyin. He became the king in 2009. Unlike other Obas, he did not come from a royal background.
8. Oba Adesimbo Victor
This is the Oba of Ondo state. His full name is Adesimbo Victor Kiladejo Adenrele Ademefun, thoigh he is widely regarded as Jilo III. Oba Adesimbo. He was officially crowned in 2008. He is a medical doctor. Who studied medicine and surgery in Nigeria and Liverpool, UK.
9. Oba Aladetoyinbo Ogunlade Aladelusi
He is the king of the Akure Kingdom in Yorubaland. He holds the official title of Deji of Akure. His full name is Aladetoyinbo Ogunlade Aladelusi (Odundun II). He was crown King in 2015 and has been referred to as the imperial majesty in the last three years.
10. Gabriel Adekunle Aromolaran II
The town of Ilesa also called Ilesaland has its own king whose name is Gabriel Adekunle Aromolaran II. Crown king since 1982, he is a noble person being that he was a teacher, economist and author of many books.