Meet King Oyo Nyimba of Uganda, The Youngest Ruling Monarch in the World

Uganda’s King of the Tooro Kingdom, King Oyo Nyimba Kabamba Iguru Rukidi IV is the youngest ruling monarch in the world. At  3 and-a-half-year-old he ascended the royal dais to become the undisputed titular head of the 180-year Toro Kingdom. He is the youngest ruling monarch worldwide. In the Guinness Book of records, he took the spot of youngest king from Mswati III of Swaziland who was crowned king when he was 18.

He holds an annual event known as “Empango” usually thronged by the king’s subjects from the 3.5 million strong Toro tribe whose kingdom is centered in the pristine town of Fort Portal locally known as Kabarole in Western Uganda.


Rukirabasaija (meaning greatest of all men) ascended the throne on September 12, 1995, a week after the passing of his father king Patrick Olimi Kaboyo, to become the 12th king of the 185-year-old kingdom.

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