In this special report, youngNigerian.com, brings to you the personality profiles of the country’s two youngest monarchs. One of them makes history as the youngest to be crowned monarch in the world.
HRM BENJAMIN IKENCHUKU
The world’s monarchical history was rewritten in 1979 when the Crown Prince of Agbor Kingdom, Benjamin Ikenchuku Kaeagborekuzi the First ( Keagborekuzi 1) was crowned as the monarch of Agbor, a rich town in the oil-rich Delta State of Nigeria, at the age of two years and four months. The Guinness Book of World Records in its 1980 edition named and recognised him as the youngest crowned monarch in the world.
The monarch who is referred to in the local parlance as, ‘The Dein of Agbor Kingdom’, was born in July 1977 but had to be crowned monarch in 1979 following the dead of his father, the king.
Historically, Agbor Kindom, which is found in the present day Ika South Local Government Area of Delta State, has been in existence since 721 BC. The Agbor Royal Family is called the Nhu-Dein. The name “Ikeagborekuzi” means “What will Agbor people say now?” reflecting the controversy that mounted his birth and coronation. Story has it that, his father, the late king, had many daughters and was troubled as to who was going to replace him should he join his ancestors. His orison was answered when a son was given birth to for him who instantly became the first son and Crown Prince.
After his coronation as the Dein of Agbor, his mother took him to England where he was baptized with the rites of the Roman Catholic Church. He attended the Catholic School of Kent and later, the College Bearwood in Surrey, College of San Benedict, Earling and the Birbeck College in London. While overseas, a regent ruled until he came back in 2000 to resume his duty as one of the nation’s youngest traditional rulers.
At 26, he became the youngest monarch to be appointed the Chancellor of a Federal University when former President Olusegun Obasanjo appointed him the 4th Chancellor of University of Ilorin. He is Officer (Order of the Crown of Belgium and Vice-Chairman of the Delta State Traditional Rulers’ Council.
His Royal Majesty Benjamin Ikenchukwu loves his people. He preaches love and unity among his people. The young King is widely respected and respected by his people.
HRM CHUKWUKA NOAH AKAEZE
At the moment, the youngest monarch in Nigeria is a 15-year old Chukwuka Noah Akaeze 1. The young monarch was installed as Obi of Ubulu Uku Kingdom following the dead of his father, late Akaeze Edward Ofulue 111 in the hands of his abductors after he was kidnapped on 5 January 2016.
Like the Agbor Kingdom, Ubulu-Uku Kingdom is in oil-rich Delta State, South-South Nigeria. To be specific, the ancient Kingdom is in Aniocha North Local Government Area of the state.
The young king (Obi) who is still in secondary school in the United Kingdom has four siblings. At the moment, his uncle, Anthony Ofulue, who resides in Leeds, UK, will act as Regent until the king, Obi Chukwuka returns to assume the throne of his forebears likey when he is 20 or 21 years old.