Joseph Davies-Agba, the traditional ruler of Obudu and Nigeria’s longest serving monarch has died after 64 years on the throne.
Joseph’s death was announced on Sunday, April 30, by his son, Kjay Jedy-Agba, in Calabar, Cross River state capital. The statement read;
“It is with a heavy heart that I communicate to you the passing away of my beloved father, His Royal Majesty, Joseph Davies-Agba, OON, the ‘Uti Item III of Utugwang’, Uti Ukani I of Obudu, Paramount Ruler of Obudu Local Government Area and Chancellor of the University of Cross River State.
“His accession to the traditional royal stool dated back 64 years ago, making him probably the longest-serving traditional ruler in Africa. We, the immediate family, may not have the full details of his final funeral protocol given his standing as a king.
“We are constrained to follow the tradition of our people in all events that would culminate to his final obsequies. As difficult as this moment is for the family, it is my sincere wish that your hearts stay with us in prayers.”
The monarch who is the father of Goddy Jedy Agba, the minister of state for power, was also the chancellor of Cross River State University (UNICROSS).