7. Oba Of Benin
The Oba of Benin, or Omo N’Oba, is the Oba (king) of the Edo people and the Supreme Ruler Of The Benin Kingdom. The current Oba was formerly known as Prince Solomon Akenzua but is regarded as His Royal Majesty Omo n’Oba n’Edo Uku Akpolokpolo Erediauwa I.
The Benin empire is one that spans decades and is occupied by the present day Edo people also known as Bini people. The Oba, usually decked in red and white attire commands untold influence and he never parades about without a cogent reason to be in public.
It is said that once a new Oba is crowned, his first son will never set eyes on him again till the day he dies. And yes, the Benin Kingdom is one of the few monarchical systems standing where only the eldest son ascends the throne.