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Agbogidi Obi James Ikechukwu Anyasi II

Kingdoms, thrones and crowns: Inside the lives of Nigeria's monarchs (Photos)

The country’s traditional rulers were stripped of their constitutional power in 1963, but their descendants still serve as the local custodians of law and order.

HRM Agbogidi Obi James Ikechukwu Anyasi II, Obi of Idumuje Unor, 2012

The many modern-day kings and queens of Nigeria: A photo exhibit by George Osodi (Photos)

Up until the 1960s, kings and queens controlled hundreds of ethnic groups in Nigeria. Today, the descendants of those rulers still play important roles as intermediaries between politicians and the people in their communities and as custodians of the cultural heritage.