Metro Nigeria: Ranking of Obas in Yorubaland By Alake of Egbaland


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The ranking of Kings or Obas in Yorubaland has been a topic which has generated much controversy over the years.

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Moreso, the issue was once more raised as reactions continue to trail the snubbing of Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi by the Oba of Lagos, Rilwan Akiolu.

In what seem like an answer to the lingering question of who are the most powerful kings in Yorubaland, the Alake and Paramount Ruler of Egbaland, Oba Adedotun Gbadebo,recently revealed the top 5 paramount rulers in Yorubaland.

1. Ooni of Ife: The Ooni of Ife is the most powerful king in Yorubaland. According to Alake, the Oni is the first of the five principal Obas in Yorubaland just like the Sultan is the highest ruler in northern Nigeria.

2. Alaafin of Oyo: The Alaafin is the second in ranking of Obas in Yorubaland. The Oyo Dynasty dates back to the Old Oyo empire which recognises Alaafin as emperor.

3. Oba of Benin: Some say the Oba of Benin is the highest as he heads the Eweka dynasty of the great Benin Kingdom. It is also said that the Yoruba people descended from Benin hence, the title of Oba, used to mean king was first created by Oba Eweka 1, Benin's first Oba who ascended in 1180.

4. Alake of Egbaland: The Alake of Egbaland is the paramount ruler of Egbaland in Ogun State. Egba consists of Egba Alake, Owu Kingdom, Oke-Ana and Gbagura.

5. Awujale of Ijebuland: He is the least of the five principal Obs in Yorubaland. Ijebu kingdom dates back to pre-colonial period of 15th century.

According to Alake's ranking, the Oba of Lagos is not among top 5 in Yorubaland.
 
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Honorable

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First if all, good to know all the ranks.....secondly, the most populous of them all is Ooni of Ife of which grands them all...Unity is all that matters for mutual reapects
 

Prof Jelili

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Alake and Paramount Ruler of Egbaland, Oba Adedotun Gbadebo is entitle to his opinion but I don't think the history is complete. Nevertheless, Oba Of Lagos should apologise, not only to Ooni of Ife as a throne but the young King himself, Oba Ogunwusi.
 
Fellow Nigerians, will i be correct to think that Oba of Lagos HRM Rilwan Akinolu, feel being an Oba whose domain is in Nigeria Economic Capital makes him most superior Oba in Nigeria; especially Yoruba land. Note if He had his way certain tribe would have been resting in the Lagos lagoon.
 

Olayemi

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Fellow Nigerians, will i be correct to think that Oba of Lagos HRM Rilwan Akinolu, feel being an Oba whose domain is in Nigeria Economic Capital makes him most superior Oba in Nigeria; especially Yoruba land. Note if He had his way certain tribe would have been resting in the Lagos lagoon.
No matter the rank or the age, Oba should not disrespect each other. Too bad of Oba of Lagos.
 

Babatunde idowu

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That should not not make him superior over the Arole Oduduwa
Fellow Nigerians, will i be correct to think that Oba of Lagos HRM Rilwan Akinolu, feel being an Oba whose domain is in Nigeria Economic Capital makes him most superior Oba in Nigeria; especially Yoruba land. Note if He had his way certain tribe would have been resting in the Lagos lagoon.
 
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