List of Obas (Kings) of Benin Empire

Oba Ovonramwen Nogbaisi
Oba Ovonramwen Nogbaisi | Wikimedia

The title of Oba was adopted in Benin Empire after the Ogiso rule ended. The Oba title was created by Oba Oranmiyan, the first Oba of Benin Empire who is also a grand son of Oduduwa, the first Oni of Ile-Ife. Below is a list of kings (both Ogiso and Oba) of the Benin Empire.

OGISO DYNASTY

* Igodo or Obagodo
* Ere
* Orire
* Odia
* Ighido
* Evbobo
* Ogbeide
* Emehen
* Akhuankhuan
* Ekpigho
* Efeseke
* Irudia
* Etebowe
* Odion
* Imarhan
* Orria
* Emose (female)
* Orrorro (female)
* Irrebo
* Ogbomo
* Agbonzeke
* Ediae
* Oriagba
* Odoligie
* Uwa
* Eheneden
* Ohuede
* Oduwa
* Obioye
* Arigho
* Owodo- Last Ogiso ruler of Benin

* Oranmiyan- First Oba of Benin

EWEKA DYNASTY

Please note that these dates are quiet uncertain.

Pre-Imperial Obas of Benin (1180-1440)

* Eweka I (1180–1246)
* Uwuakhuahen (1246–1250)
* Henmihen (1250–1260)
* Ewedo (1260–1274)
* Oguola (1274–1287)
* Edoni (1287–1292)
* Udagbedo (1292–1329)
* Ohen (1329–1366)
* Egbeka (1366–1397)
* Orobiru (1397–1434)
* Uwaifiokun (1434–1440)

Obas of Benin (1440-1897)

* Ewuare I (1440–1473)
* Ezoti (1473–1474)
* Olua (1475–1480)
* Ozolua (1480–1504)
* Esigie (1504–1547)
* Orhogbua (1547–1580)
* Ehengbuda (1580–1602)
* Ohuan (1602–1656)
* Ohenzae (1656–1661)
* Akenzae (1661–1669)
* Akengboi (1669–1675)
* Akenkpaye (1675–1684)
* Akengbedo (1684–1689)
* Ore-Oghene (1689–1701)
* Ewuakpe (1701–1712)
* Ozuere (1712–1713)
* Akenzua I (1713–1740)
* Eresoyen (1740–1750)
* Akengbuda (1750–1804)
* Obanosa (1804–1816)
* Ogbebo (1816)
* Osemwende (1816–1848)
* Adolo (1848–1888)
* Ovonramwen Nogbaisi (1888–1914) He was exiled to Calabar by the British in 1897 during the punitive expedition

Post-Imperial Obas of Benin (1914 till date)

* Eweka II (1914-1933)
* Akenzua II (1933-1978)
* Erediauwa I (1979-2016)
* Ewuare II (2016 till date)

Oba gha to’kpe re e
Ise e!

Note- Ogiso means ‘Kings of the sky’

References:

* Edo Nation

* Ben-Amos, Paula Girshick; The Art of Benin; Revised Edition; 1995; British Museum Press; [p. 32]

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