The ranking of Kings or Obas in Yoruba land have and will always be a controversial subject, many believe that the Ooni of Ife is one of the most powerful rulers. To join the debate and find answers to this question, we hereby reveal the top 5 paramount rulers in Yoruba land.
1. Ooni of Ife
The Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi is the most powerful king in Yorubaland according to the Alake of Egbaland. This is as a result of the believe that the Yorubas originated from Ile-ife. Therefore, 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
Born October 15th 1938, The Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi III is regarded as the second highest ranked king in Yorubaland. The Oyo Dynasty dates back to the Old Oyo empire which recognises Alaafin as emperor.
3. Oba of Benin
While some say that the Oba of Benin, Oba Ewuare II is the highest as he heads the Eweka dynasty of the great Benin Kingdom and that the Yoruba people descended from Benin. However, the Alake ranks the Oba of Benin as third. Also, between 1180 and 1300, Benin Empire’s first Oba known as Oba Eweka 1 who ascended power, first created the Title of Oba
4. Alake of Egbaland
The Alake of Egbaland, Oba Adedotun Aremu Gbadebo III is ranked as the fourth paramount ruler in Yoruba land. He is the ruler of Egbaland in Ogun State which consists of Egba Alake, Owu Kingdom, Oke-Ana and Gbagura.
5. Awujale of Ijebuland
The Awujale of Ijebuland, Oba Sikiru Kayode Adetona is the least of the five principal Obas in Yorubaland. Ijebu kingdom dates back to pre-colonial period of 15th century.