Based on African traditions royalty in Africa has remained a significant part of many African societies. In Nigeria, there are many royal families stemmed from different communities, large or small. These royal families remain notable figures within the community who also influence politics and leadership as well as the economy. The royal heads are usually involved in the decision-making process of community and state development and are often consulted on such matters. In Lagos state alone there are several notable families who are well recognized, their royal heads are known as Obas, who are both the heads of the family and as such the community. Based on their rites they are recognized as the community leaders where they acquire lands which are often named after them and oversee affairs of the community. In this article, we will take a look at the top 3 most popular royal families in Lagos state:
- Akiolu Royal Family: His Royal Highness Oba Rilwan Babatunde Osuolale Aremu Akiolu also referred to as the Eleko of Eko, is the traditional ruler and the ceremonial head of Lagos state and the first the Akiolu royal family. Before becoming the Oba of Lagos he flourished a successful career working for the Nigeria Police Force and retired as an Assistant Inspector-General of police. Oba Rilwan is one of the wealthiest kings in both Lagos state and Nigeria.
- Oniru Royal Family: His Royal Majesty Oba Idowu Abiodun Oniru is the patriarch and Chairman of the multi-faceted, multi-billionaire Oniru Royal Family Estate. He is also the Chairman of Landbridge Nigeria Limited among others. Oba Idowu Abiodun Oniru is the 14th Oniru of Iruland, Victoria Island and the vicinity including the Oniru beach, before emerging as the traditional ruler, Oba Oniru of Iruland.
- Elegushi Royal Family: The Elegushi monarchy is one of the oldest ruling houses in Lagos traced as far back to 1632. Oba Saheed Ademola Elegushi (Kusenla III ) is the current and youngest Oba in Lagos State, born to the family of late (Oba) Yekini Adeniyi Elegushi, Elegushi Royal Family of Ikateland, Lagos State. The Elegushi royal family is one of the most prominent and wealthiest royal families in Lagos state, who own several properties within the state including the popular Elegushi beach.
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