a hereditary tribal ruler among various peoples in the Benin region of western Africa.
Origin of oba
First recorded in 1900–05, oba is from the Edo word ɔ́bá
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Examples from the Web for oba
Oba Kagetoki departed, none too pleased with the mission, for he had once been on friendly terms with Yoritomo.
Yoritomo, having been defeated in a battle against Oba Kage-chika, was forced to retreat with six of his followers.
(in W Africa) a Yoruba chief or ruler
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