In the Yoruba kingdom, the Oba is a ceremonial title meaning king. The oba is a traditional ruling authority, oftentimes with no political power. The Oba of Lagos is the traditional ruler of Lagos, popularly known as the Eleko of Eko.

Lagos is currently the largest city in Nigeria, and one of the biggest in Africa. The incumbent Oba of Lagos is Rilwan Akiolu. This article brings details of all you need to know about the royal king of Lagos State, Rilwan Akiolu.

Oba Of Lagos Profile

Rilwan Babatunde Osuolale Aremu Akiolu - Oba Of Lagos
Rilwan Babatunde Osuolale Aremu Akiolu – Oba Of Lagos
Real nameRilwan Babatunde Osuolale Aremu Akiolu
Date of birth29 October 1943
OccupationPolice officer, monarch
State of originLagos state
Net worth$9 million

Oba Of Lagos Biography

Oba Rilwan Akiolu ascended the throne as the Eleko of Eko in 2003. And since then, he has been ruling in majesty. His full name is Rilwan Babatunde Osuolale Aremu Akiolu. Born on 29 October 1943, the king was born and raised in the city of Lagos.

The Oba of Lagos has his education in Lagos State. He attended Ansar-Ud-Deen College, Surulere, Lagos from 1961 to 1965. Subsequent to his high school education, he proceeded to the University of Lagos (Akoka Campus) to study Law, receiving his Bachelor of Laws degree (LL.B).

Oba Of Lagos Career

Oba Rilwan Akiolu has a lengthy career in the corporate world before he began his rulership as the Eleko of Eko. He joined the Nigeria Police Force in 1970 and served for about 32 years. He worked in several capacities and was promoted at different times until he became the assistant inspector-general of the Police in 1999. He actively served in the Nigerian police force until 2002 when he retired.  

The Oba of Lagos is also a member of various prestigious organizations. Some of these are the Nigerian Institute of Management and a fellow of the Nigerian Law School.

Oba Of Lagos Coronation

Oba Of Lagos Coronation
Oba Of Lagos and Buhari

Oba Rilwan Akiolu had his coronation filled with mirth and pleasure on the 9th of August, 2003. He is the successor to the late Oba Adeyinka Oyekan.

He was selected by the kingmakers of the Lagos traditional kingdom on May 23, 2003. The then Lagos State Government confirmed him as the 21st Oba of Lagos state. 

Oba Of Lagos House

Oba Of Lagos House
Oba Of Lagos House

The royal king of Lagos has his abode in the pristine palace located in the heart of Lagos. The official residence of the Oba of Lagos since 1630, is Iga Idunganran, a castle constructed by the Portuguese for a period of time that lasted almost a century. The grandeur of the king’s palatial residence has made the site a popular tourist centre today. 

In many advertisements, the Oba has been featured in his majesty promoting tourism in the state. 

A big controversy happened with the Oba of Lagos when a huge warehouse was broken into within his residence stalked with Covid’19 palliatives. This incident happened during the EndSars protest in Nigeria.

Oba Of Lagos Personal Life

His Royal Highness is married to four wives. He is blessed with children and grandchildren. His first wife is named Olori Titilola Akiolu. 

Oba Of Lagos Cars

The Oba of Lagos is a wealthy king who loves to stay in vogue with the latest cars. His garage is adorned with luxurious cars of different models and makers. Some of the exquisite cars in his garage include:

Rolls Royce Phantom

Oba of Lagos cars
Oba of Lagos cars

The wealthy monarch has a customized Rolls Royce Phantom that rightly befits his royal status. His Rolls Royce Phantom VII is a full-sized saloon manufactured by the British automaker, Rolls Royce Motor cars. This exotic car cost him about 200 million NGN.

Mercedes Benz S550

Oba of Lagos cars
Oba Of Lagos

Oba Rilwan Akiolu shows his interest in the exotic Mercedes Benz car brand by buying the S550. The S550 is the favourite car of most politicians, but it appears the Eleko of Eko also has a love for the bespoke sedan. The vehicle cost him about ₦64 million.

Toyota Landcruiser Prado

Oba Of Lagos Toyota Landcruiser Prado
Oba Of Lagos Toyota Landcruiser Prado

With its bold-looking exterior, riding the Landcruiser gives you an aura of confidence, a trait that portrays one of the key personalities of the Oba of Lagos.

Key features of this car include thumb start ignition, AM/FM radio, Cup holders, Fog lights, Alloy wheels, keyless entry, keyless ignition etc. This vehicle costs between 55-70 million NGN.

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