Meaning of oba in English:


Pronunciation /ˈɒbə/


  • A local chief in Nigeria.

    ‘Crowned Yoruba chiefs and kings (obas) had the wealth and prerogative to commission works of art.’
    • ‘When he arrived at a village, he would ask the oba to direct him to the local blacksmith or carver.’
    • ‘This quest finds its most popular political expression in the image of the oba, the temporal and spiritual head of a given community and a personification of its corporate existence.’


Yoruba, originally the name of the absolute ruler of the ancient West African kingdom of Benin, now part of Nigeria.