Recently the internet was agog with a trend focused on the most stylish kings in Nigeria and their beautiful wives. Most of these kings were however selected from the southern part of Nigeria and not all of them have nearly as much clout as you would think. We made a list of three (3) monarchs in Nigeria who actually as powerful as their title suggests.
Emir of Kano
Title: Emir of Kano
Full name: Mohammadu Lamido Sanusi
Coronation: 8th Jume 2014
Profile: He was born into the Fulani Torodbe (Sullubawa) clan of Kano on 31 July 1961. He was crowned 8 June 2014 as the Emir of Kano, succeeding his late grand uncle Dr Ado Bayero (who died on Friday 6 June 2014). Malam Sanusi was a successful banker and was a former Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria. He was appointed on 3 June 2009 for a five-year term, but was suspended from office by President Goodluck Jonathan on 20 February 2014 after exposing a $20 billion fraud committed by the president’s associates in the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) by the president’s regime. Malam Sanusi is the grandson of Muhammadu Sunusi (The 11th Fulani Emir of Kano ) He was a career banker and ranking Fulani nobleman, and also serves as a respected Islamic scholar. The global financial intelligence magazine, The Banker, published by the Financial Times, has conferred on Sanusi two awards, the global award for Central Bank Governor of the Year, as well as for Central Bank Governor of the Year for Africa. The TIME magazine also listed Sanusi in its TIMES 100 list of most influential people of 2011. In 2013, Sanusi was also awarded a Special GIFA award at the third Global Islamic Finance Awards held in Dubai, for his advocacy role in promoting Islamic banking and finance in Nigeria during his stint as Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria.
Ooni of Ife
Title: Ooni of Ife
Full name: Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi
Coronation: 25th October 2015
Profile: Oba Adeyeye Enitan Babatunde Ogunwusi is from Giesi Royal Family, one of the four royal families in Ile-Ife, Osun State, Nigeria. The last Ooni from the family was Ooni Derin Ologbenla (1880-1894). Oba Ogunwusi assumed the title of Ojaja the Second. Ojaja the first was from Agbedegbede Compound, Iremo Quarters (the ancestral home of the Giesi). His father is Prince Ropo Ogunwusi, a veteran broadcaster. Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi (Ojaja II, Ooni of Ife (born October 17, 1974) is a Nigerian Accountant and the 51st Ooni of Ife. He succeeded the late Oba Okunade Sijuwade who died on July 28, 2015.
Oba of Benin
Title: Oba of Benin
Full name: Eheneden Erediauwa
Coronation: 6th October 2015
Profile: Eheneden Erediauwa, born 1953, is a former Nigerian Ambassador to Norway, Nigerian Ambassador to Angola. He has a B.A. in economics and sociology from the University of Wales. He is a member of the Nigerian Institute of International Affairs. Since 1987 he has been active in leading positions within the Nigerian business community, especially the gas and oil industries. He is the 39th Oba of Benin and the eldest son of His Royal Majesty Omo n’Oba n’Edo Uku Akpolokpolo Erediauwa I the late 38th Oba of Benin.