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The Nigerian Chieftaincy is the chieftaincy system that is native to Nigeria.

- Nigerian Chieftaincy

The British set up administrative and legal structures while practising indirect rule through traditional chiefdoms in the Nigeria region.

- Nigeria

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West Africa in 1625 showing the main states at that time. Modern Nigeria covers the eastern part of this area, including Oyo, the Benin Empire (unrelated to current Republic of Benin), the Igbo states to the east, and the Hausa / Fulani states such as Katsina and Kano to the north.

Nigerian traditional rulers

West Africa in 1625 showing the main states at that time. Modern Nigeria covers the eastern part of this area, including Oyo, the Benin Empire (unrelated to current Republic of Benin), the Igbo states to the east, and the Hausa / Fulani states such as Katsina and Kano to the north.
Image of a 16th-century ruler (Oba) of the Benin Empire
The Oba of Lagos with a delegation of Naval Officers in June 2006
Sa'adu Abubakar, Sultan of Sokoto and Sarkin Musulmi of Nigeria, current Co-Chair of the National Council of Traditional Rulers
Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi, Ooni of Ife, current Co-Chair of the National Council of Traditional Rulers
Josaiah Ndubuisi Wachuku, Eze of Ngwaland
Idia, Queen Mother of Benin
Muhammad al-Amin al-Kanemi, Shehu of Borno
Oduduwa, Ooni of Ife
Sir Adeniji Adele K.B.E., Oba of Lagos
Alfred Achebe, Obi of Onitsha
Samuel Akisanya, Odemo of Isara
Akenzua II, Oba of Benin
Jaja, Amanyanaboh of Opobo
Nana Olomu, Paramount Chief of the Itsekiri
Muhammadu Sanusi II, Emir of Kano
Sir Adesoji Aderemi K.C.M.G., Ooni of Ife
Shango, Alaafin of Oyo
Obalike, Eze Nri of Nri (ringing the royal bell)
Abubakar Ibn Umar Garbai El-Kanemi, Shehu of Borno
Orizu III, Igwe of Nnewi (with the elaborate headress)
Olokun, Queen Consort of Ife
Umar, Shehu of Borno
Yahaya Abubakar, Etsu Nupe of Bida
Ajimoko I, Owa of Ijeshaland
Chukwuemeka Eri, Eze Eri of Aguleri
Ezeolisa Allagoa, Amanyanaboh of Nembe
Folagbade Olateru Olagbegi III, Olowo of Owo (in the vest of red coral beads)
Eyamba IX, Obong of Duke Town
Lamidi Adeyemi, Alaafin of Oyo (on the right) and Jimoh Olajide Titiloye, Olu of Igboora
Ogbidi Okojie, Onojie of Uromi and part of his extensive harem
Ibrahim Usman Jibril, Emir of Nasarawa
Kofoworola Oladoyinbo Ojomo, Ojomo Oluda of Ijebu, Owo (in red) in the company of some of his fellow chiefs
William Koko, Amanyanaboh of Nembe in his war canoe (seated under the umbrella)
Efunroye Tinubu, Princess Consort to Oba Adele Ajosun of Lagos and Paramount Chieftess of Egbaland
Adedotun Aremu Gbadebo III, Alake of Egbaland
Fusika Adedapo Adeduro, Osemawe of Ondo
Ovonramwen, Oba of Benin and his wives Queen Egbe (on the left) and Queen Aighobahi (on the right)

Nigerian traditional rulers often derive their titles from the rulers of independent states or communities that existed before the formation of modern Nigeria.

The rulers can also award traditional or honorary titles within the Nigerian chieftaincy system.

Ahmadu Bello

Conservative Nigerian statesman who masterminded Northern Nigeria through the independence of Nigeria in 1960 and served as its first and only premier from 1954 until his assassination in 1966, in which capacity he dominated national affairs for over a decade.

Conservative Nigerian statesman who masterminded Northern Nigeria through the independence of Nigeria in 1960 and served as its first and only premier from 1954 until his assassination in 1966, in which capacity he dominated national affairs for over a decade.

Premier of Northern Nigeria Sir Ahmadu Bello far right, and Muhammadu Sanusi I leaving the Atomic Museum Oak Ridge in 1960
Ahmadu Bello, Premier of the Northern Region of Nigeria, 1960 Oak Ridge
Ahmadu Bello, Premier of the Northern Region of Nigeria, 1960 Oak Ridge
Ahmadu Bello, Premier of the Northern Region of Nigeria with Emir of Kano Muhammadu Sanusi I, 1960 Oak Ridge
The opening of Sultan Bello Hall by Alhaji Sir Ahmadu Bello, University College Ibadan, on Second February 1962

The new Sultan immediately made Sir Ahmadu Bello the Sardauna (Crown Prince) of Sokoto, a chieftaincy title, and promoted him to the Sokoto Native Authority Council.

In forming the 1960 independence federal government of the Nigeria, Bello as president of the NPC, chose to remain Premier of Northern Nigeria and devolved the position of Prime Minister of the Federation to the deputy president of the NPC, Abubakar Tafawa Balewa.

The King of Ijebu (right)

Ogboni

The King of Ijebu (right)

Ogboni (also known as Osugbo in Ijèbú) is a fraternal institution indigenous to the Yoruba-speaking polities of Nigeria, Republic of Bénin and Togo, as well as among the Edo people.

In contemporary Yorubaland, Ogboni members still command great power and influence in the affairs of their societies, although this is largely due to the history of their respective chieftaincies and not to any official authority.

Umaru Musa Yar'Adua

Nigerian politician who was the President of Nigeria from 2007 to 2010.

Nigerian politician who was the President of Nigeria from 2007 to 2010.

First Lady Turai Yar'Adua.
At the 33rd G8 summit in Heiligendamm in 2007 (Yar'Adua at the very right)

Yar'adua was born in Katsina; his father, Musa Yar'Adua, was a Minister for Lagos in the First Republic and held the chieftaincy title of Matawalle (or custodian of the royal treasury) of the Katsina Emirate, a title which Yar'Adua inherited.

Various political and religious figures in Nigeria had visited him during his illness saying he would make a recovery.