Most Monarchs in Nigeria are usually made King at an Adult age. However, Nigeria has witnessed young kings. Mostly ordained king as teenagers and even as adolescents.
In this article, we would be discussing some of the youngest leaders, Nigeria has had.
1. Keagborekuzi I, Dein of Agbor Kingdom
His Royal Majesty Benjamin Ikenchuku Keagborekuzi I became a king in 1979 at the age of 2, making him the youngest king in the world. He was also recorded in the 1982 edition of the Guinness Book of Records as the youngest king in the World. King Keagborekuzi I is 45 years now and has ruled for 43 years.
2. Akubuisi Okonkwo, Igwe of of Iyiora Anam Kingdom
Akubuisi Okonkwo is currently the youngest serving King in Nigeria. He became the king of Iyiora Anam Kingdom in Anambra State in 2020, at the age of 10. He assumed his throne following the death of his father His Royal Highness Igwe Onyeachonam Okonkwo. However, the young King rules his kingdom under the guidance of his father’s cabinet men until he is of age to make decisions of his own.
3. Oloyede Adeyeoba, Arujale of Okeluse
Thrust into power while still in secondary school; King Oloyede Adeyeoba became the King Arujale of Okeluse in Ondo State at the age of 15. As the only surviving son of his late father, he had to take up the position. However, because of Arujale’s education, his eldest sister is serving as the regent King of the Kingdom until he is of age.
4. Obi Chukwuka Noah Akaeze, Obi of Ubulu-Uku kingdom
In 2016, Obi Chukwuka held the title of the youngest serving king in Nigeria. HRH Obi Chukwuka became the king of Ubulu-Uku Kingdom in Aniocha LGA, Delta state at the age of 18. Like others, he also became king after the death of his father. The young king is 24 years now.