In Nigeria, there are various rulers. Almost every city in Nigeria has one. They are regarded as stewards of religion, culture, and conventions. They are honored and respected here. Although, not all leaders are equal in some respects, some traditional leaders are superior to others. In this article, we will discuss the top 5 most beautiful royal palaces in Nigeria.
5. The Obi Of Onitsha Palace
This is the residence of the traditional ruler and head of the Onitsha Kingdom. Also called ‘Ime Obi’, it is the site for a lot of festivals and events and a major tourist attraction of the state. Ime Obi (Palace) with the Palace Grounds, called ilo-eze (Public Grounds of the King), and the public entry into these sacred grounds known as the onu-ilo-eze, the Mouth of the place, is the epicenter of the domain of the Obi of Onitsha. It is the venue of most major activities involving not only the monarch, but also the totality of ndi Onicha (Onitsha people).
4. Ooni Of Ife Palace
The Ooni’s palace has been in existence for centuries, as far back as 500 BC and is located in the centre of a city called Enuwa in Ile-Ife. The palace is decorated with beautiful artwork, creative architecture and perfect finish. All materials used in the construction of the palace are locally sourced and built by locals. It is a landmark and historical site in Osun State.
3. Oba Of Benin Palace
The palace of the king of Benin is as famous as the palace of Benin and other princes. The palace, built by King Ewedo, is located in the heart of the ancient city of Benin. It was rebuilt by Emperor Ewe II when the first palace was destroyed during the 1897 war with the British. the Benin palace houses the traditional ruling house and seat of authority of Benin.
2. Sultan Of Sokoto Palace
The palace is home to the Sultan of Sokoto, the traditional and spiritual ruler of the Sokoto Caliphate who historically holds the most important Muslim position in Nigeria. An imposing and magnificent building, it has drawn Muslim pilgrims and tourists alike to Sokoto. The palace features an extensive courtyard, a mosque and luxurious bedrooms.
1. The Ohinoyi of Ebiraland
This palace is considered to be the most beautiful palace in Nigeria. Ohinoyi of Ebiraland Palace is located at Itakpe Road, Okene, Kogi. This is the seat of power for the Ohinoyi of Ebiraland, the traditional ruler of the Ebira tribe. It is rated as one of the most beautiful palaces in West Africa, this elegant palace is a sight to behold. Currently the residence of the present Ohinoyi Ado Ibrahim, it serves as a political, historic, traditional and religious powerhouse for the Ebira people.