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Inside the beautiful palaces of the most influential kings in Nigeria

November 29th 2021, 7:05:00 am

Nigeria has some of the richest and most influential monarchs in Africa.

The palace of the Zaria Emirate [Connect Nigeria]

It's only right that their palaces should reflect such.

Even if you can’t afford to live in your own palace, you can see what it might be like by visiting some of Nigeria’s most stunning palaces.

This picturesque palace entrance belongs to the Zaria Emirate in Kaduna state. The buildings are traced to traditional Habe architecture and decorated with the emir's insignia.

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The palace is home to the Sultan of Sokoto, the traditional and spiritual ruler of the Sokoto Caliphate who historically holds the most important Muslim position in Nigeria. The palace features an extensive courtyard, a mosque and luxurious bedrooms.

Located in the heart of Benin, the Benin palace houses the traditional ruling house and seat of authority of Benin.

The Ooni’s palace has been in existence for centuries, as far back as 500 BC and is located in the centre of a city called Enuwa in Ile-Ife.

The Gidan Rumfa is the Emir of Kano's Palace, which is historically the second most important Muslim position in Nigeria after the Sultan of Sokoto.

Located in Onitsha the commercial nerve center of Anambra State, this palace plays residence to Igwe Nnaemeka Achebe, the obi of Onitsha.

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