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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.
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