LAGOS (Yoruba State)

STATE: Nigeria (Lagos State) DYNASTY: ASIKPA [Esikpa] 
PRESENT RULER: Oba Rilwan Babatunde Osuolale Aremu AKIOLU I [Ologun Kutere ruling house, Akiolu lineage], 19th Oba of Lagos (2003/-) (Iga Iduganran Palace, Lagos, Eko State, Nigeria)
succeeded 22nd May 2003, retired Deputy Inspector General of Police.
PREDECESSORS AND SHORT HISTORY: Founded before 1630.Rulers were...
  1. Oba ADO [Edo], 1st Oba of Lagos 1630/1669, son of Esikpa (Prince of Binin of Eweka Dynasty), 1st Eleko of Eko.

  2. Oba GABARO [Guobaro] (brother), 2nd Oba of Lagos 1669/1704

  3. Oba AKINSEMOYIN, 3rd Oba of Lagos  1704/1749

  4. HRH Princess Eletu Kekere, Regent of Lagos 1749/1750

  5. Oba OLOGUN KUTERE, 4th Oba of Lagos 1750/1775, married and had issue.
    • Oba Ajosun Adele I (qv)
    • Oba Eshinlokun (qv)
    • Oba Akitoye (qv)
    • Prince Ogunye, married and had issue.
      • Prince Ajose Imiekun, married and had issue.
        • Prince Emmanuel Esugbayi Ajose, married and had issue.
          • Professor Prince Oladele Ajose, of the Ologun-Kutere Ruling House, contestant for the throne in 1964, married and had issue.
            • Ambassador Princess Audrie Ajose
            • Prince Adewale Ajose
            • Prince Dr. Femi Ajose
            • Prince Olusegun Ajose
            • Princess Adebisi Ajose
            • Prince Adeniran Ajose
          • Prince Omoyele Arinola Ajose, married and had issue.
            • Prince Omooba Ajose
            • Prince Michale Omoyele Ajose, of the Ologun-Kutere Ruling House, born late 1940's, educated at the Holy Ghost School, St. Gregory's College, before proceeding to the United Kingdom and the United States of America, attaining a degree in Applied Economics and a Masters in Business Administration respectively, married to a Princess of the Akinsemoyin Royal House.

  6. Oba AJOSUN ADELE I, 5th Oba of Lagos 1775/1780 and 1832/1834 or 1811/1821 and 1835/1837 (#1p.5), married and had issue.
    • Oba Oluwole (by Tinubu) (qv)

  7. Oba ESHINLOKUN, 6th Oba of Lagos 1780/1819 or 1821/1833, married and had issue.
    • Oba Idewu Ojulari (qv)
    • Oba Kosoko (qv)

  8. Oba IDEWU OJULARI, 7th Oba of Lagos 1819/1832 or 1833/1835

  9. Oba OLUWOLE, 8th Oba of Lagos 1834/1841 or 1835/1841

  10. Oba AKITOYE, 9th Oba of Lagos 1841/1845 and 1851/1853, died 3rd September 1853.

  11. Oba KOSOKO, 10th Oba of Lagos 1845/1851 (deposed), ancestor of Pr. Adebola Disu-Ige (1936-), and Prince Dele Idris Kosoko. He died after 1863.
    • Omo Oba Meshimo Kosoko, eldest son of Oba Kosoko, ancestor of the Meshimo family, married and had issue.
      • Prince Youssuf Meshimo, married and had issue.
        • Princess Rafatu Amosha Meshimo Kosoko, married into the Oduwole family, and had issue.
          • Ganiat Bolajoko Oduwole
          • Monsurat Oduwole
          • Moruff Oduwole 
        • Prince Sikiru Alade Kosoko 
        • Prince Muftau Moyosore Atanda Meshimo-Kosoko, married and had issue.
          • Prince Abdul Morakinyo Adekunle Kosoko, married and had issue.
            • Princess Maryam Elizabeth Fadekunbi Kosoko 
          • Prince Tara Morayo Adewale Kosoko 
          • Princess Faroukat Fadekunbi Kosoko, married and had issue.
            • Farouk Adetunji Kosoko 
          • Prince Mouyeddin Mobolaji Kosoko
          • Prince Mohammed Moradeyo Kosoko
    • Omo Oba Olojo Kosoko, second son, married and had issue, the Olojo family.

  12. Oba DOSUNMU [Docemo], 11th Oba of Lagos 1853/1885, had issue. He died 26th February 1885.
    • Prince Akitoye Dosunmu, married and had issue.
      • Prince Yekini Dosunmu, married and had issue.
        • Prince Hakim Dosunmu, resident and Business man in Washington DC.
        • Prince Rasheed Dosunmu,  former Deputy Director Nigerian Customs, Principal Secretary (retd.) of Chieftancy Affairs under President Shagari, married and has issue.
          • Prince Aramide Odumosu
          • Prince Razak Adewale Dosunmu, an Inventor and Business man with four US patented products, married and has issue.
            • Grant Dosunmu
            • Raliat Dosunmu
        • Prince Fatai Dosunmu, an Architect in Washington DC, married and has issue.
          • Taiwo Dosunmu
          • Kehinde Dosunmu
        • Prince Olabisi Dosunmu
        • Prince Kolawole Dosunmu, Business man in London, England, married and has issue. 
          • Nicholas Dosunmu
          • Lolade Dosunmu
        • Prince Ayesoro Dosunmu, Business man, resided in Benin Republic, married and had issue.
          • Muba Dosunmu 
          • Afisu Dosunmu
          • Abinbola Dosunmu
    • Unknown (4 or 5 generations), had issue.
      • Princess Abimbola Dosunmu-Shitta, 1st Erelu Oba of Saki Town in Oyo State 1999/-, 1st Yeye Omobalufon of Lagos. Patrilineage is the Ifaro line of King Dosunmu and the matrilineage is the Ado ruling house of Saki.

  13. Oba OYEKAN I, 12th Oba of Lagos 1885/1900, married and had issue. He died 30th September 1900.
    • Prince Kushanu Abiola Oyekan, married and had issue.
      • HRH Oba Adeyinka Akinola Oyekan II (qv)
    • Omowunmi Oyekan
    • Omorinsola Oyekan
    • Iyitola Oyekan
    • Adetola Oyekan
    • Layide Oyekan
    • Isiola Oyekan
    • Ademuyiwa Oyekan
    • Akinwale Oyekan
    • Olateju Oyekan
    • Adeola Oyekan
    • Babatunde Oyekan
    • Muni Oyekan
    • Olabiyi Oyekan
    • Adefunmi Oyekan
    • Olakunbi Oyekan

  14. Oba ESHUGBAYI ELEEKO, 13th Oba of Lagos 1900/1925 and 1931/1932

  15. Oba IBINKUNLE AKITOYE, 14th Oba of Lagos 1925/1928

  16. Oba SANUNSI OLUSI, 15th Oba of Lagos 1928/1931

  17. Oba FALOLU DOSUNMU, 16th Oba of Lagos 1932/1949, married and had issue. He died 3rd September 1949.
    • Princess Libatu Dosunmu-Oseni, married Chief Oseni, and had issue. She died 2013.

  18. HH Sir Oba Musendiku Buraimoh ADENIJI-ADELE II, 17th Oba of Lagos 1949/1964, born 13th November 1893, married and had issue. He died 12th July 1964.
    • Prince Dr. Gbadebo Adeniji-Adele, married and had issue.
      • Prince Babatunde Omogbolahan Adeniji-Adele, presently based in the U.K.
    • Prince Ademola Adeniji-Adele fl.1995
    • Prince Adelani Adeniji-Adele, married and has issue.
      • Prince Adewale Adeniji-Adele
    • Prince Oyekan Adeniji-Adele
    • Prince Sultan Ladega Adeniji-Adele, a University of Lagos trained Mathematician.
    • Princess Nanny Adeniji-Adele

  19. HRH Oba Adeyinka Akinola OYEKAN II, 18th Oba of Lagos 1964/2003, installed February 1965, belongs to Dosunmu lineage, born on 30th June 1911, educated at Methodist Boys' High School, Lagos, Eko Boys’ High School, Lagos and Kings' College, Lagos, before he moved to the School of Pharmacy, Yaba College, from where he qualified as a pharmacist in 1933. It was this profession he was practising up till 1965, when he ascended the throne to become the 18th monarch of Lagos. He was permanent chairman of the Lagos State Council of Obas and Chiefs, appointed chancellor, Federal University of Agriculture, Makurdi in 1991, married and had issue. He died 7th March 2003.
    • Princess Kofoworola Jinadu (née Oyekan)
    • Princess Adepeju Oyekan
    • Prince Obalade Oyekan, born 15th October 1955.
    • Princess Abioye Oyekan
    • Prince Kolawole Oyekan, Aremo of Lagos.
    • Princess Remilekun Olajumoke (née Oyekan)
    • Oba Mobadenle Obalade Oyekan Esimikan II, Onilado of Ilado 1996/-
    • Prince Isiola Famokun Oyekan, born 8th November 1958.
    • Prince Ademiju Adekinte Oyekan
    • Prince Adeyinka Abiola Oyekan
    • Princess Olori Adefunke Elegushi (née Oyekan)
    • Princess Toluwalade Alalade (née Oyekan)
    • Chief Ayodele Oyekan, Bajulaiye of Lagos, installed 12th August 2001.
    • Prince Adediran Oyekan
    • Princess Adebopo Oyekan
    • Princess Adetola Oyekan
    • Prince Falade Oyekan
    • Prince Oriyomi Oyekan
    • Princess Molara Oyekan
    • Princess Adetoun Oyekan

  20. Oba Rilwan Babatunde Osuolale Aremu AKIOLU I, 19th Oba of Lagos (see above)

OTHER MEMBERS: Royal or Ruling Houses include - Ajose, Kosoko, Dosumu, Akinsemoyin.
  • Chief Nasiru Dosunmu, current Paramount Apena of Lagos, married and has issue.
    • Prince Lanre Dosunmu (eldest son), Lecturer/Teacher/Accountant in Manchester & London.
    • Prince Dr. Ade Dosunmu (second son), Medical Doctor in the U.S.A.
    • Prince Nasir Dosunmu (youngest son)
  • Prince Tejumade Durosinmi
  • Princess Tejumade Alakija
  • Prince Bisi Sango-Doyin
  • Chief Olayiwola Balogun, died 9th December 2000
  • Alhaja Suliat Adedeji (sister), died 14th November 1996.
  • Prince Farouk Adewale Adele
  • Prince Moroof Adele
  • Prince Lasisi Ojora, Olori-Omoba, head of the Adele Ajosun Royal House, married and has issue.
    • Prince Otunba Adekunle Ojora, re-nowned businessman and corporate identity.
    • Alhaji Prince Musiliu Tijani
  • Prince Sikiru Adele Salvador
  • Prince Rasaki Adele
  • Princess Khadijat Adele-Dosunmu
  • Prince Tosin Adele
  • H.R.H. Princess Abiola Dosunmu, Erelu Kuti of Lagos, Acting Oba of Lagos 7th March to 22nd May 2003.
  • Princess Layiwola Ogundimu (Akinsemoyin Lineage), Junior Erelu of Lagos
  • Prince Kazeem Akitoye
  • Princess Taiye Eleko Dosunmu 
  • Chief Shakoor Ajose, the Suenu of Lagos.
  • Chief Tajudeen Idris, the Alagbeji of Lagos.
  • The 11 nominees are for the vacant throne in 2003 are as follows.
    1. Prince Aremo Fola Pearse (Esinlokun lineage)
    2. Prince Kolawole Abayomi Balogun (Esinlokun lineage)
    3. Prince Ademuyiwa Dosunmu (Akitoye lineage)
    4. Prince Otunba Adekunle Ojora (Adele Ajosun lineage)
    5. Prince Sammy Adebiyi (Akinsemoyin lineage-Shadeko branch)
    6. Prince Rasheed Modile (Akinsemoyin lineage-Jolasun branch)
    7. Prince Tajudeen Olusi (Akinsemoyin lineage-Aina Egbe branch), also received concurrent nominations from the Olusi and Akinsemoyin lineages. 
    8. Prince Adetutu Oladipo Eko (Akinsemoyin lineage-Gbosebi branch)
    9. Prince Monsur Akinola Williams (Akinsemoyin lineage-Amore Olukokun branch)
    10. Prince Rilwan Tunde Akiolu (Akiolu lineage)
    11. Prince Kwam Alade Zaid (Akiolu lineage). An analysis of the nominations shows that five of the 11 nominees came from various branches of the Akinsemoyin house, two from the Akiolu house, two from Esinlokun and one each from the Akitoye and Adele Ajosun.
1. Queens, Queen Mothers, Priestesses and Power : Case Studies in African Gender, (ed.) Flora Edouwaye Kaplan, New York, 1997.