Several African countries have had monarchies in the context of the modern nation-state.


JOSEPH LANGANFIN
Benin



NYIMI KOK MABIINTSH III
King of Kuba
D.R. Congo



IGWE KENNETH NNAJI ONYEMAEKE ORIZU III
Obi of Nnewi
Nigeria



EL HADJ MAMADOU KABIR USMAN
Emir of Katsina
Nigeria



SALOMON IGBINOGHODUA
Oba Erediauwa of Bénin
Nigeria



BOUBA ABDOULAYE
Sultan of Rey-Bouba
Cameroun



OBA JOSEPH ADEKOLA OGUNOYE
Olowo of Owo
Nigeria



HAPI IV
King of Bana
Cameroun



ABUBAKAR SIDIQ
Sultan of Sokoto
Nigeria



ONI of IFE
Nigeria



GOODWILL ZWELETHINI
King of Zulu
South Africa



OSEADEEYO ADDO DANKWA III
King of Akropong-Akuapem
Ghana



ISIENWENRO JAMES IYOHA INNEH
Ekegbian of Bénin
Nigeria



EL HADJ SEIDOU NJIMOLUH NJOYA
Sultan of Fumban and Mfon of the Bamun
Cameroun



AGBOLI-AGBO DEDJLANI
King of Abomey
Benin



HALIDOU SALI
Lamido of Bibemi
Cameroun



NGIE KAMGA JOSEPH
Fon of Bandjun.
Cameroun



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Horaayy..there are 41 comment(s) for me so far ;)

# 1 - legado - 26/12/2006 - 3:37 pm

WOW.. this photos are just amazing….. Seriously, i’ve always been a fan of african history, and this is just OWOWOW


# 2 - Anonymous - 26/12/2006 - 4:09 pm

I didnt see any 71′ Impalas or Capris with 24″ wheels on them. Are you sure they are kings? Where are their Grills?


# 3 - Alain-Pierre - 26/12/2006 - 4:53 pm

who shot these? The photos are remarkable, all the more reason to give photographer full credit for his work


# 4 - Anonymous - 26/12/2006 - 11:42 pm

Then there’s Ralph Kramden, King of Nuttin’.


# 5 - Satyr - 27/12/2006 - 2:16 am

Beautiful photographs, and Anonymouse (3:09pm) – you’re an idiot.


# 6 - Anonymous - 27/12/2006 - 2:20 am

do they fire lazers?


# 7 - BigChief - 27/12/2006 - 3:31 am

Total rubbish!! some correctionsThe photo of the Benin Oba is Wrong that is not him and he is also not called Salomon Igbinoghodua but his Majesty Oba Erediauwa of Edo. Isiemwero is a chieftancy title of my family and not a kingdom, The gentlemen displayed both from benin are not kings but lords of fiefdoms.


# 8 - Anonymous - 27/12/2006 - 4:18 am

I’d lean away from that tiger too!


# 9 - steve - 27/12/2006 - 4:33 am

Nice pictures man …


# 10 - Anonymous - 27/12/2006 - 6:12 am

What an asshole. Steal other peoples work for clicks. You suck.


# 11 - Anonymous - 27/12/2006 - 6:13 am

No wonder you screen your comments.


# 12 - Anonymous - 27/12/2006 - 6:14 am

Every one of your posts is the same…uncredited stealing.


# 13 - Anonymous - 27/12/2006 - 9:01 am

Kingdom of Abomey was where Werner Herzog’s “Cobra Verde” took place… where the “slave fortress” was located and whose king Klaus Kinski’s character deposed in the infamous “snake” scene.


# 14 - James - 28/12/2006 - 9:19 am

The title for these pictures should be “Big Pimpin’, Afro Style”

Or

“Bitch, where’s my 40?!”


# 15 - xaxaxa - 01/01/2007 - 3:53 pm

Awesome photos!


# 16 - Anonymous - 02/01/2007 - 10:32 am

The photos were great i really enjoyed looking at them. i will look at the photographers web site keep up the good work.


# 17 - Anonymous - 12/01/2007 - 12:04 am

Has anyone heard of Benjamin Hodges who claims he is a king in Africa?


# 18 - imnakoya - 05/02/2007 - 1:36 am

The picture for OBA JOSEPH ADEKOLA OGUNOYE the Olowo of Owo is wrong. Great visuals though…


# 19 - damsel - 14/02/2007 - 1:09 am

This is truly awesome. These pictures would make for some wonderful wall art…


# 20 - Anonymous - 25/02/2007 - 12:29 pm

Didn’t see the Kings of either Lesotho or Swaziland; Moshoeshoe 3 of Swaziland has several wives andmany children; he assumed the throne when he was about 18 – about 20 years ago, I think.
But some great portraiture – is it just me, or do a couple of the royal faces lok a bit like Robert Mugabe, despot & despoiler of Zimbabwe?


# 21 - Anonymous - 25/02/2007 - 4:58 pm

I have to say that they are all amazing, however I went to Ghana last year with my husband and i went to the Asanti palace where the Ghanian photo was taken, teh king there is infact a model, like a wax work! it is really life like!
C


# 22 - pea brained bastard child - 01/03/2007 - 12:34 am

the midget king!!!
He is fantastic, i want to keep him as a pet- God, wouldent that turn heads having him on a leash in the high street? Have you got his phone number?


# 23 - pea brained bastard child - 01/03/2007 - 12:35 am

The midget King is just fantastic! I want to keep him as a pet. Have you got his phone number?


# 24 - Ginger - 01/03/2007 - 5:08 pm

I like your photographs, they excellently manage to capture the graciousness and the splendor of these cultures, which have largely been taken for granted civilized cultures and usually treated with ignorance instead of respect…

…and some dude should have told that wacko HAPI IV, King of Bana, Cameroun that there was a mofo tiger pouncing behind him. Sick.


# 25 - ?????? - 03/03/2007 - 6:37 am

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# 26 - Anonymous - 11/05/2007 - 6:46 am

I am from Owo and that is not my king!


# 27 - annerose - 10/06/2007 - 9:12 pm

These comments have been invaluable to me as is this whole site. I thank you for your comment.


# 28 - asheeka - 22/06/2007 - 5:52 pm

These pictures are great. I am so pleased that the intelligent people are able to ignore the stupid, small minded comments from people who don’t respect themselves or anyone else. Whoever took these did a wonderful job. They really capture the beauty of the people and their courts. Keep up the good work.


# 29 - Anonymous - 07/07/2007 - 1:25 pm

um ginger i wanted to say could you not call my family member wacko and sick cause i dont know how you would feel if someone said that about ur family, k thanks


# 30 - Luke - 16/08/2007 - 2:36 am

Wow, amazing series! It’s interesting to track similarities and differences between the rulers. Invaluable!
Best,
Luke.


# 31 - Clay148 - 26/03/2008 - 5:53 pm

Where are these pictures from? Are they from a book I can purchase?


# 32 - Alhaji Ahmed Waziri - 30/07/2008 - 7:30 am

This site really wonderful. It exhibits our rich African heritage. I have been trying to contact the palace of the Oba of Benin – Oba Solomon Erediauwa.I want you to send me either a number to reach his palace or the palace address.


# 33 - irene - 24/01/2009 - 6:57 pm

Hi, I am a princess from the benin Royal Family, the picture you have here as oba Erediawa is VERY,VERY WRONG OKAY!!!. THAT’s NOT HIM.
Please kindly get rid of that picture.It is highly offensive to the Benin Royal Family and people.


# 34 - Funke - 10/02/2009 - 11:12 am

Thank you so much for the good job, it as so much helped me with my assignment. But please can I have there historys? Please if possible send to my mail box. God bless you real good.


# 35 - Tunde Onibode - 23/06/2009 - 10:00 pm

The picture described as that of Oba Adekola Ogunoye,The Olowo of Owo is wrong .Please correct it for the purpose of history and accuracy


# 36 - Alex Omagbon - 11/02/2010 - 5:50 am

When will you correct the wrong photo immage of the revered Oba of Benin? Take action please for goodness sake.


# 37 - bbbb - 28/04/2010 - 1:29 am

Irene you are so stupid, who caires about whats wroung with it. Next time just dont even look at black people.


# 38 - c omo – osagie - 19/10/2010 - 2:49 pm

your photos are excellent.but the fact are far from the truth,especially the one concerning benin as a kingdom in nigeria the photo is wrong the name was used when he was a prince before he became a king the person on that photo is not him ok


# 39 - ogba egwe - 16/02/2011 - 10:21 am

hello am a prince from ogba royal family in River state OMOKU TOWN the picture of oba of benin in ur post is not him pls kindly remove it .it is very very offensive to ogba land and it,s people .he is the father of idu (edo) nation, he is the father on earth


# 40 - Johnson OLUATA - 16/08/2011 - 3:36 am

please be informed that what youdisplayed as Oba Joseph Adekola Ogunoye,The Olowo of Owo,is completely wrong.THAT IS NOT AN OWO OBA IN DESCRPTION AND STYLE OF OWO CULTURE AND TRADTION,the whole world is misled, please insert the correct depiction


# 41 - EThomas - 12/12/2011 - 2:37 am

I think the photo’s was excellent and great job getting them out for so many of us to view such rare jewels. However, let us all take a deep breath and allow them to correct any mistakes that might have occured knowingly or not. Once again great job AND WHERE CAN A PURCHASE A BOOK WITH THESES PHOTOS?


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