The Oba Of Benin Kingdom: Biography, Education, Networth

The Oba Of Benin Kingdom: Biography, Education, Networth. 

Oba Of Benin Kingdom: Biography

The Oba of Benin is one that is very much respected in Nigeria today; people even say he is the most feared traditional Ruler in Nigeria. But what do you know about the Oba of Benin Kingdom?

If you want to know the Biography, education and net worth then you are on the right page for such information


Benin City is said to have been established around 1180 by Eweka who ruled the Kingdom until 1246 when he died. The Benin City got its name from the Portuguese settlers who started trading activities in the area in 1485. The Benin Kingdom’s name at creation was Igodomigodo. In 1440, Oba Ewuare, otherwise called Ewuare the Great, came to control and extended the fringes of the previous city-state. It was uniquely right now that the regulatory focal point of the realm started to be alluded to as Ubinu after the Portuguese word and tainted to Bini by the Itsekhiri, Urhobo and Edo who all lived respectively in the regal authoritative focus of the realm. The Portuguese who showed up in a campaign drove by Joao Afonso de Aveiro in 1485 would allude to it as Benin and the middle would get known as Benin City.

The Kingdom of Benin in the long run increased political quality and command over a lot of what is currently mid-western Nigeria.

By the seventeenth century CE, the Kingdom started to decrease. Different common wars broke out and disagreements about the majesty occurred.

Who is an Oba of Benin kingdom?

The Oba of Benin kingdom is one that is a traditional leader and the person in charge of the traditions, culture and values of the Edo people.

Long before now, the “Oba” title was used after the “Ogiso” title and it was created by Oranmiyan. The first Oba of the Benin kingdom was Oranmiyan, the son of Oduduwa which was known as Izoduwa or Ekaladerhan.

The king of Benin had the title of oba and were considered to have a celestial option to run the show. The lord controlled all exchange with outcasts as well as actually possessed by far most of high-esteem merchandise in the realm, for example, panther skins, pepper, coral, and ivory. Numerous rulers are recognized in Benin workmanship.

Ivory veils, proposed to be worn at the hip of rulers, show rulers with crowns and pieces of jewelry of human heads, maybe Europeans, and implying either the oba’s restraining infrastructure over exchange or his strength over outsiders. Kings frequently highlight in the metal plaques that decorated the royal residence of Benin where they show up as warrior pioneers.

They can be recognized by images of their rank, for example, leopard spot scarification imprints and leopard tooth accessories. The leopard was a fitting image for the oba since the creature was considered the ‘Ruler of the Bush’ and just the king was allowed to slaughter one, ordinarily done in a yearly penance by the ruler for his own respect. Other imperial images found in portrayals of Benin lords are a head protector with coral embellishments and cover decorations worn around their midriffs, which are white, a shading representative of both immaculateness and the ruler’s partner in rule, Olokun, the divine force of the ocean and wellspring of riches and richness. Much the same as divine beings and the spirits of precursors, the rulers got contributions and penances, including people ones, after their passing.

Before the Annexation of the Benin Empire by the westerners in 1897, the Oba of Benin remained the Head of State of the Empire.

How did Benin transform to be an Empire?

In 1440, After Ewuare I became the new Oba of Benin, he started an army and then he also reconstructed Benin City and the Palace. Ewuare I was the greatest of about five other great warrior kings.

Who is the Current Oba of Benin Kingdom?

The current Oba of Benin Kingdom is Oba Ewuare II. Before becoming the Oba, he was formerly known as Eheneden Erediauwa.

What are the roles and duties of the Oba of Benin kingdom?

Many people call “Oba” but they do not even know the functions or duties of the Oba of Benin Kingdom. The Oba of Benin Kingdom performs so many functions, some of the functions performed by the Oba of Benin Kingdom are:

  1. He settles disputes in his Kingdom
  2. He handles land matters in his Kingdom
  3. He is consulted to resolve family disputes
  4. He is consulted for Community feuds.


Here is a little biography of the present Oba of Benin kingdom:


The current Oba of Benin Kingdom is popularly known as Ewuare II, being the 40th Oba of Benin, was born on 20th October 1953. He was crowned on 20th October 2016. Prior to this time, he had worked at the United Nations (UN) from somewhere around 1981-1982. He had also served as an Ambassador of Nigeria to Sweden, Angola as well as Italy. Before becoming the Oba of Benin city, he was married to Queen Iroghama (Obazuaye N’erie), Princess Iyayiota (Obazuwa N’erie) as well as Princess Ikpakpa (Ohe N’erie).

The Name “Ewuare II” was chosen by him as a tribute to the Oba Ewuare I that reigned in the 15th century.


He was known as Eheneden Erediauwa before becoming the Oba of Benin and he attended Edo College for his high school and it is located in Benin City from 1965 to 1967, he later proceeded to Immaculate Conception College from year 1968 to 1970.

After his High school education, he later proceeded to South Thames College, London to get an A-level Certificate. He further went to the University of Wales, United Kingdom to get a degree in Economics. He is also a masters degree holder of Public Administration from the Rutgers University Graduate School in New Jersey, United States of America.


Oba Ewuare II of Benin Kingdom is one of the Richest Kings in Nigeria who has a Net worth of $60 million (USD) or #23.4 billon (NGN). His power and influence in Nigeria cannot be under estimated. From trusted sources, the significant source of Oba Ewuare II’s wealth is from the years which he progressed in a private business, oil sector to be specific.

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