George Osodi: Nigerian Monarchs
*2nd photo: Kumbwada is currently being ruled by Queen Hajiya Haidzatu Ahmed and her court. An ancient curse keeps males off the throne, according to locals. The Queen’s royal title is inherited on the female side of the family, and the current Queen’s daughter, Idris, is the queen’s successor.Kumbwada has been ruled by women for at least six successive generations since its conquest by Princess Magajiya Maimuna of Zaria; the last queen, Queen Hajiya’s grandmother, died at the age of 113.
*last photo: The monarch of Idumuje-Unor, Agbogidi Obi James Anyasi II is the longest reigning king in Africa and the second in the world after King Bhumibol Adelyadej of Thailand reputed as the World’s longest reigning monarch. A phenomenal king headed for the Guinness book of records, he was born on the 6th of March 1924. Obi Anyasi II was crowned king from the Okwunye ruling dynasty on the 9th of October, 1946 at the age of 22, in the hey days of British Colonialism.The Obi who is now 88 years old, has been on the throne for 66 years, a royal longevity never recorded in Nigerian or African contemporary history.