The current Oba of Lagos is his Royal Highness Oba Rilwan Babatunde Osuolale Aremu Akiolu and is also referred to as the Eleko of Eko. Before his coronation as the Oba of Lagos on the 23rd of May 2003, He joined the Nigerian Police Force in 1970 after his secondary education, where he served in various capacities for 32 years. In 1999 he was promoted to assistant inspector-general of Police and was active until his retirement in 2002. He is also a member of the Nigerian Institue Of Management and a fellow of the Nigerian Law School. Since his assumption to the throne, Oba Rilwan has been of great positive influence on the political and economic changes in Nigeria, most especially in Lagos State. He was also a firm supporter of Governor Akinwunmi Ambode’s administration, which has effected many notable changes around the state. Here are 3 major reasons why Oba Rilwan Akiolu is one of Africa’s most powerful kings:
- He is the traditional ruler and ceremonial head of one of the largest cities in Africa.
- He is well respected by the most powerful politicians in Nigeria including President Muhammadu Buhari, Vice President Yemi Osinbanjo, Bola Tinubu and many others who have all paid homage to the Oba of Lagos.
- He already acquired an admirable and wealthy status serving as the Assistant Inspector-general of the Nigerian Police force before becoming the Oba of Lagos, which has elevated him among the top richest Obas in the country.
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