Nigeria is a country where tradition and culture are highly respected.
Even in this modern age, traditional rulers are often respected by many people. These rulers even go on to acquire celebrity status with many Nigerians following up on their lifestyles.
Kings are a big part of who we are as Nigerians. Many of our traditional rulers are old men. This is because our culture believes the elderly are wiser. In some places in Nigeria, some traditional rulers are however quite young.
Here are the youngest traditional rulers in Nigeria:
1. Obi of Ubulu Uku (Delta State)
The Obi of Ubulu Uku town in Delta state is 16-year-old Noah Akaeze. Obi Akaeze was forced to undergo traditional rites and ascend the throne after the gruesome kidnap and murder of his father.
2. Oba of Ikate Land (Lagos State)
Oba Saheed Elegushi is the 40-year old paramount ruler of Ikate area on Lagos Island. He succeeded his father in 2009 at the age of 33 years.
3. Dein of Agbor (Delta State)
Benjamin Keagborekuzi is the 39-year-old ruler of Agbor Kingdom. He holds the record as the youngest King ever crowned. He succeeded his father at the age of two years and four months.
4. Ooni of Ife (Osun State)
Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi set tongues wagging last year when he was named Ooni. The 42-year-old entrepreneur succeeded Oba Okunade Sijuwade who died in July 2015.
5. Obi of Issele Uku (Delta State)
Obi Nduka Ezeaguna was a 20-year-old Chemical Engineering student at the University of Ibadan when he was crowned. He succeeded his father who died in a ghastly motor accident.