His kingdom was first set-up in New York. He rules over millions of local and dispersed Nigerians. His dominion is defined by communication, information, love and trust. He was responsible for delivering Ondo state (and more) to the opposition presidential candidate in the recently concluded Nigerian presidential elections. The Chief we are talking about is Omoyele Sowore, ruler of the SaharaReporters media empire.
His hundreds of thousands of subjects are at his fingertips, literally. His followers retweet his every remark. Not limited by time or place, he has delivered his sermons from podia from Berlin to New York. Chief Japheth Omojuwa is an enigma.
She rules. She is a Queen of Africa. With millions of followers, the gentle Queen captivates her subjects daily. She persuades their opinions and rules not by hard fist but with delightful means. She can win a victory for any politician if she decided to be partisan. Queen Linda Ikeji reigns.
From the Adamawa plateaus to the rock of Aso. With a followership centered in the north of Nigeria and filled with Nigerians abroad. He is Chief Ibrahim Wala Garba, known also as IG Wala and Walaone. A strong chief from a lineage of pure bloods, when he moves there are earth quakes.
Chief Kayode Ogundamisi, His Highness Tolu Ogunlesi, Chief Chude Jideonwo, to mention a few more; these are the men and women who influenced the elections.
The reality is that the dynamics of influence in Africa has dramatically changed. The traditional stone palaces are emptying out while empires on the sociosphere are being thronged with faithful faithfuls.
One person who tested and realized the extinction of the traditional kingdoms of Africa was Nigeria’s out-going president, Goodluck Ebele Jonathan. Thousands of dollars he allegedly rained on palace chiefs across the nation could not buy his party much. A town crier has very little on an influential tweet and a throne has nothing on a viral web page.
Africa has new chiefs and they may not be where you think.