The Story Of Attah Ameh Oboni – Nigerian King Who Chose Suicide Instead of Bowing to Queen of England

The Story Of Attah Ameh Oboni - Nigerian King Who Chose Suicide Instead of Bowing to Queen of England

Attah Ameh Oboni was a revered Igala King. At a particular meeting held in Kaduna all the paramount traditional rulers in Nigeria. The queen of England was in attendance. Attah Ameh asked to remove his cap to greet the Queen of England as others had done.

Though he refused until they said he should leave the meeting if he would not remove his cap. But Attah was not like others, or was he? It was taboo for Attah to remove his cap in the public.

The entire hall where they were staying was occupied by a swan of bees emanating from the cap of Attah Ameh Oboni which he removed to greet the Queen.

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The Queen of England as well as other rulers in the meeting ran helter-skelter except the friendly Oba of Benin who was asked by Attah Ameh to go out before he removed his cap. The hall became empty as stung by the bees and the meeting ended.


According to history, Attah Ameh Oboni was asked to be arrested and handcuffed by the security people, which they did, but the handcuffs fell off his hands.

He was later locked up in a room on the instruction of the Northern rulers and guarded by the security personnel but only to find out later by the personnel that he had left the room. Yes, when the security was taking him to locked up, he told his driver, Amanabo of blessed memory, to take the car and be going to Idah while the security locked him in the room.

He then warned Amanabo not to look back until he felt a cool breeze in the car. Amanabo argued that he cannot leave the Attah there but later obeyed and started driving back to Idah from Kaduna.

After some time, he felt the cool breeze in the car, and Attah Ameh was sitting inside the car.

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The incident in the meeting made many traditional rulers which were mostly northerners to be angry, especially making kings run in such a manner because of bees.

This became one important sin, and it was like “one sin too many”. 


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