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Alake's ranking: Oba of Lagos not among top 5 in Yorubaland ;See those on the list



The social media had gone agog, on Wednesday, with Nigerians reacting to a video clip which some had tagged ''Public Disgrace of Ooni''.

In the 28 seconds video clip, the Ooni had approached the already seated Oba Akiolu of Lagos to greet him but Akiolu raised right hand and looked away while Ooni quietly went to sit beside the Obi of Onitsha, Igwe Nnaemeka Achebe, Tribune reports.

Reacting to the incidence, the Ooni of Ife Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, said Nigerians were in the best position to make their conclusion on what happened between him and the Oba of Lagos, Oba Rilwan Akiolu at a public function in Lagos on Tuesday.

His Director Media and Public Affairs, Mr Moses Olafare, said ''The issue is already a matter before the court of Public Opinion. Nigerians at home and in the Diaspora have continued to comment on it and everyone knows where the pendulum swings in terms of people's opinion'', Tribune reported.

Amidst this controversy, Nigerian Bulletin published a story ''Ranking of Obas in Yorubaland By Alake of Egbaland''

Read story below;

The ranking of Kings or Obas in Yorubaland has been a topic which has generated much controversy over the years.


Moreso, the issue was once more raised as reactions continue to trail the snubbing of Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi by the Oba of Lagos, Rilwan Akiolu.

In what seem like an answer to the lingering question of who are the most powerful kings in Yorubaland, the Alake and Paramount Ruler of Egbaland, Oba Adedotun Gbadebo,recently revealed the top 5 paramount rulers in Yorubaland.

1. Ooni of Ife: The Ooni of Ife is the most powerful king in Yorubaland. According to Alake, the Oni is the first of the five principal Obas in Yorubaland just like the Sultan is the highest ruler in northern Nigeria.

2. Alaafin of Oyo: The Alaafin is the second in ranking of Obas in Yorubaland. The Oyo Dynasty dates back to the Old Oyo empire which recognises Alaafin as emperor.

3. Oba of Benin: Some say the Oba of Benin is the highest as he heads the Eweka dynasty of the great Benin Kingdom. It is also said that the Yoruba people descended from Benin hence, the title of Oba, used to mean king was first created by Oba Eweka 1, Benin's first Oba who ascended in 1180.

4. Alake of Egbaland: The Alake of Egbaland is the paramount ruler of Egbaland in Ogun State. Egba consists of Egba Alake, Owu Kingdom, Oke-Ana and Gbagura.

5. Awujale of Ijebuland: He is the least of the five principal Obs in Yorubaland. Ijebu kingdom dates back to pre-colonial period of 15th century.

According to Alake's ranking, the Oba of Lagos is not among top 5 in Yorubaland.


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