List of Nigerian traditional states
There are many traditional states in Nigeria. A partial list follows. Although the traditional rulers no longer officially have political power, they still have considerable status in Nigeria and the power of patronage. Except where otherwise noted, names of traditional rulers are based on the World Statesmen.org list.
State Region Ethnic
Capital Present ruler Ruler
Title Notes Abeokuta Southwest Yoruba Abeokuta Adedotun Aremu Gbadebo III 2005 Alake Abuja Now the Suleja Emirate Adamawa Middle belt Yola Muhammadu Barkindo Aliyu Musdafa 2010 Lamido Agaie Middle belt Nupe Agaie Muhammadu Kudu Abubakar 2004 Etsu Akure Southwest Yoruba Akure Adebiyi Adegboye Adesida Afunbiowo II 2010 Deji Akwa Akpa Southeast Ibibio Calabar Bassey Ekpo Bassey II 2008 Edidem Bade Northeast Kanuri Gashua Abubakar Umar Suleiman 2005 Mai-Bedde Bauchi Northeast Hausa/Fulani Bauchi Rilwanu Adamu Jumba 2010 sarki Benin Southwest Edo Benin City Erediauwa 1979 Oba Bida Middle belt Nupe Bida Yahaya Abubakar 2003 Etsu Biu Northeast Biu Maidalla Mustafa dan Muhammad `Aliyu 1959 Emir Bonny Southeast Ijaw Bonny Edward Asimini William Dappa Pepple III 1996 Amanyanabo Also called Okolo-Ama Borgu Middle belt Bariba New Bussa Haliru Dantoro Kitoro III dan Muhammadu Sani 2002 Emir Formed by merging Bussa and Kaiama Borno Northeast Kanuri Maiduguri Abubakar Ibn Umar Garbai El-Kanemi 2009 Shehu Brass Southeast Ijaw Brass, Nigeria Alfred Diete-Spiff Amayanabo Once part of Nembe Bussa See Borgu Calabar (Old) see Akwa Akpa Calabar (New) see Kalabari Kingdom Damaturu Northeast Kanuri Damaturu Hashimi II Ibn Umar El-Kanemi 1973 Shehu Daura Northwest Hausa/Fulani Daura Umar Farouk dan Umar 2007 Sarkin Dikwa Northeast Kanuri Dikwa Mohammed Masta II Ibn Alamin El-Kanemi 2010 Shehu Divided into Bama and Dikwa Emirates in 2010 Edo See Benin Eko see Lagos Fika Northeast Bole Potiskum Muhammadu Abali Ibn Muhammadu Idrissa 2009 Moi Distinct from the Potiskum Emirate, also based in Potiskum Gobir Northwest Hausa/Fulani Sabon Birni Muhammadu Bawa 1975 Sarkin Hausa city-state Gombe Northeast Hausa/Fulani Gombe Shehu Usman Abubakar Modibo Gujba Northeast Gujba Mai Shettima Muktar Ibn Ali Gangaram 2000 Emir Formerly part of the Fika Emirate Gumel North Gumel Ahmad Muhammad Sani dan Maina Muhammad 1981 Emir Gwandu Northwest Hausa/Fulani Gwandu Muhammadu Iliyasu Bashar Emir Hadejia Northeast Hausa/Fulani Hadejia Adamu Abubakar Maje 2002 Emir Ibadan Southwest Yoruba Ibadan Samuel Odulana Odugade I 2007 Olubadan Idah see Igala Idoani Southwest Yoruba Idoani Aderemi Atewogboye Alani Idoma Southeast Idoma Otukpo Elias Ikoyi Obekpa Och'Idoma IV Och'Idoma Igala Middle belt Igala Idah Aliyu Obaje 1956 Ata Igbirra Southwest Okene Ado Ibrahim 1997 Ohinoyi Ijebu Kingdom Southwest Yoruba Ijebu Ode Sikiru Adetonwa Ogbagba II 1960 Awujale Ijebu-Remo Southwest Yoruba Sagamu Michael Adeniyi Sonariwo Erinjugbo II 1990 Akarigbo See also Ijebu Kingdom, List of the Lords of Remo Ijesa see Ilesa Ile Ife Southwest Yoruba Ife Okunade Sijuade 1980 Ooni Adesoji Aderemi was ruler until 1980 Ilesa Kingdom Southwest Yoruba Ilesa Oba Gabriel Adekunle Aromolaran II Owa Ilorin Southwest Yoruba Ilorin Ibrahim Sulu Gambari Emir Isedo Southwest Yoruba Ila Orangun Oyedeji Ajide Obalumo Related to the Igbomina state of Oke Ila Itele Southwest Yoruba Itele, Ado-Odo/Ota Adesanya Mufutau Kasali Moyegeso See also Ijebu Kingdom Itsekiri see Warri Iwo Southwest Yoruba Iwo Asiru Olatunbosun Tadese 1992 Oluwo Jama'are Northeast Jama'are Muhammadu Wabi IV dan Muhammadu Wabi 1975 Emir Jema'a North Jema'a Muhammadu dan Isa 1999 Emir Jos Middle belt Jos Jacob Gyang Buba 2009 Gbong Gwon Jukun see Wukari Kaiama Merged with Bussa into Borgu Kalabari Southeast Ijaw Buguma Amakiri XI (Theophilus J.T. Princewill) 2002 Amanyanabo Kano North Hausa/Fulani Kano Ado Bayero 1963 Emir Katagum Northeast Katagum Muhammadu Kabir `Umar Emir Katsina Northwest Hausa/Fulani Katsina Abdulmumini Kabir Usman 2008 Emir Kazaure North Hausa/Fulani Kazaure Najib Husaini Adamu Emir Kebbi Northwest Hausa/Fulani Birnin Kebbi Muhammadu Mera Muza dan Muhammadu Sani 1960 Amir Argungu Keffi Middle belt Keffi Muhammadu Cindo Yamusa II Emir Kontagora Northwest Hausa/Fulani Kontagora Sa`idu Namaska dan Malam 1974 Emir Koton Karifi Middle belt Ebira Koton Karifi AIhaji Shuaibu Mamman Lafiya 1970 Ohimege Lafia Middle belt Lafia Isa Mustafa Agwa 1978 Emir Lagiagi Southwest Lafiagi Sa'adu Kawu Haliru Emir Fulani jihad state founded 1824 Lagos Southwest Yoruba Lagos Rilwan Babatunde Osuolale Aremu Akiolu I 2003 Oba Formerly the Eko state Lapai Middle belt Nupe Lapai Umaru Bago Tafida 2002 Emir Lere North Lere Umaru Mohammed Sani Emir Machina North Machina Alhaji Bashir Albishir Bukar Emir Misau Northeast Misau Muhammadu Manga III Emir Mubi Northeast Mubi Abu Bakar `Isa Ahmadu Emir Muri North East Muri Alhaji Abbas Tafida 2003 Emir Nasarawa Middle belt Lafia Ibrahim Ramalan Abubakar 1992 Emir Nembe Southeast Ijaw Nembe Edmund Maduabebe Daukoru, Mingi XII 2008 Amanyanabo Nembe Bassambiri Southeast Ijaw Bassambiri Ralph Michael Iwowari, Mein VII Amanyanabo Ningi North Hausa/Fulani Ningi Yunusa Muhammad Danyaya Chief Nnewi Southeast Igbo Nnewi Igwe Kenneth Onyeneke Orizu III 1963 Igwe Obioko Southeast Obioko Ekpo Eyo Abassi Eyo III 2008 Obong Oke Ila Southwest Yoruba Oke Ila Olufemi Oladapo Babalola Obalumo Related to the Igbomina state of Isedo Oke-Ona Egba Southwest Yoruba Abeokuta Adedapo Adewale Tejuoso Karunwi III 1989 Oshile Okolo-Ama Southeast Ijaw Bonny Edward Asimini William Dappa Pepple III 1996 Amanyanabo Known as Bonny in colonial times Okpe Southeast Edo Orerokpe Orhue I 2006 Orodje Okrika Southeast Okrika Alfred Semenitari Abam Ado IX 2002 Amanyanabo Ondo Southwest Yoruba Ondo Adesimbo Victor Kiladejo 2006 Osemawe Onitsha Southeast Igbo Onitsha Nnayelugo Alfred Nnaemeka Achebe 2002 Obi Opobo Southeast Ijaw Ikot-Abasi Daneson Douglas Jaja V 2002 Amanyanabo Oshogbo Southwest Yoruba Oshogbo Iyiola Oyewale Matanmi III 1976 Ataoja Owo Southwest Yoruba Owo Folagbade Olateru Olagbegi III 1999 Owo Oyo Empire Southwest Yoruba Oyo Lamidi Adeyemi III 1970 Alaafin Pategi Middle belt Nupe Pategi Haliru Ibrahim Chatta Etsu Potiskum Northeast Ngizim Potiskum Umar Bubaram Emir Not to be confused with the Fika Emirate, based in the same town Sokoto Northwest Hausa/Fulani Sokoto Sa’adu Abubakar 2006 Sultan See also List of Sultans of Sokoto Suleja Middle belt Hausa/Fulani Suleja Awwal Ibrahim 2000 Sarkin Zazzau Formerly Abuja Emirate Tiv Middle belt Tiv Gboko Alfred Akawe Torkula 1991 Tor Tiv Ubani see Okolo-Ama Warri Southeast Itsekiri Warri Ogiame Atuwatse II 1987 Olu Formerly Olu of Itsekiri. 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