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The Alaafin and his Oloris shopping in London. Photo: Naijapals.com

A Nigerian king and his many wives dazzle London

September 9, 2014

Chiagozie Nwonwu*

One of the trending pieces of news in Nigeria this past weekend was the United Kingdom trip of one of the more prominent Nigerian kings, the Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Olayiwola Adeyemi, and his four wives

  [caption id="attachment_11846" align="alignleft" width="760"]The Alaafin and his Oloris shopping in London. Photo: Naijapals.com The Alaafin and his Oloris shopping in London. Photo: Naijapals.com[/caption]

The Nigerian king and his wives (all dressed in matching outfits) were the objects of attention as soon as they stepped into the departure hall of the Murtala Muhammed International Airport Lagos and that opened the floodgates to comments from Nigeria’s active social media.

While many people concentrated on the negative aspects of the polygamous marriage that was on display, some others celebrated a king and queens in tune with their culture, and yet some others focused on the complexion and age of the oloris (queens): did they bleach their skins? How come they are so young? Isn’t the youngest olori too young to be married to an old man, even though he is a king?

[caption id="attachment_11849" align="alignleft" width="760"]The king and his queens visit Buckingham. Photo: Naijapals.cm The king and his queens visit Buckingham. Photo: Naijapals.cm[/caption]

The criticism did come pouring in, but so did the praises.

In this age of everything Western and modern, it is expected that people will call a polygamous king medieval. Still, the same people will celebrate a rapper with several baby mamas for being ‘modern’. But truth be told, medieval or not, the king is living the fantasy of most hot-blooded men.

[caption id="attachment_11851" align="alignleft" width="760"]Subjects pay homage to the king. To the far left is Nigerian musician Alariwo. Photo: Naijapals.com Subjects pay homage to the king. To the far left is Nigerian musician Alariwo. Photo: Naijapals.com[/caption]

Yep, and the king and his wives wrapped London in Aso Ebi.

*Source thisisafrica

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2 responses to “A Nigerian king and his many wives dazzle London”

  1. It’s a nice trip. Perhaps for shopping but also sightseeing. Congrats U.K. royals and the people have developed, evolved and maintained a status that has both become a highly respected symbol and is worth respect, dignity, sightseeing, visits, support, even adoration, attracting millions of people, billions of pounds.
    The king from Nigeria, and other African kings, what are their contributions to society? And to what extent have they evolved? To what extent have he and his elders (kingdom?) improved lives of their people?
    Being from the royal line, I find myself asking these questions now and then. At least I am proud of our forefathers’ roles – part of the architects of African liberation planning/movements, and many more.
    I think that it is time to review the roles of kings.

  2. It’s a nice trip. Perhaps for shopping but also sightseeing. Congrats U.K. royals and the people have developed, evolved and maintained a status that has both become a highly respected symbol and is worth respect, dignity, sightseeing, visits, support, even adoration, attracting millions of people, billions of pounds.
    The king from Nigeria, and other African kings, what are their contributions to society? And to what extent have they evolved? To what extent have he and his elders (kingdom?) improved lives of their people?
    Being from the royal line, I find myself asking these questions now and then. At least I am proud of our forefathers’ roles – part of the architects of African liberation planning/movements, and many more.
    I think that it is time to review the roles of kings, and how it would impact more positively on the subjects and the society.

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