Nigeria’s longest serving monarch dies after 64 years on the throne



Joseph Davies-Agba, the traditional ruler of Obudu, is dead.


Davies-Agba’s death was announced on Sunday by Kjay Jedy-Agba, his son, in Calabar, Cross River state capital.


The late traditional ruler, who was on the throne for 64 years, is widely regarded as the longest serving monarch in Nigeria.


“It is with a heavy heart that I communicate to you the passing away of my beloved father, His Royal Majesty, Joseph Davies-Agba, OON, the ‘Uti Item III of Utugwang’, Uti Ukani I of Obudu, Paramount Ruler of Obudu Local Government Area and Chancellor of the University of Cross River State,” the statement reads.


 “His accession to the traditional royal stool dated back 64 years ago, making him probably the longest-serving traditional ruler in Africa.


“We, the immediate family, may not have the full details of his final funeral protocol given his standing as a king.


“We are constrained to follow the tradition of our people in all events that would culminate to his final obsequies.”

Jedy-Agba said the public would be informed of the details of the funeral as soon as traditional rites are concluded.


“As difficult as this moment is for the family, it is my sincere wish that your hearts stay with us in prayers,” he said.


Until his death, the late monarch was the chancellor of Cross River State University (UNICROSS).


He was the father of Goddy Jedy Agba, the minister of state for power.

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