Tuesday, March 16, 2010

King Oyo, 17

HM Oyo Nyimba Kabamba Iguru Rukidi IV, crowned King of Toro at the age of three in 1995, is now nearing his majority and the subject of an interesting CNN profile. While Toro's association with Libyan dictator Qadaffi (who overthrew King Idris in 1969) is regrettable, otherwise the world's youngest monarch (though not a sovereign one since Toro is part of the Republic of Uganda) displays an admirable maturity and sense of duty. I have always valued the way hereditary monarchy allows for the possibility of rulers (even if purely nominal when minors) younger than any republic would permit, and King Oyo would seem to be proof that this is not so foolish a thing as it presumably seems to republicans.

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