KING OYO NYIMBA KABAMBA IGURU RUKIDI IV


The baby king (left) at age 3 and a half; King Oyo at age 18 (right)

The accession of King Oyo to his father's throne marked the beginning of a challenging and exciting period for the people of Toro. At the infant age of three-and-one half years old, King Oyo of Toro earned a place in the Guinness Book of World Records as the youngest reigning monarch.

King Oyo with his mother, Lady Best K. Olimi 
and his Batebe Princess Royal, H.R.H. Princess Ruth Nsemere Komuntale.

Being a minor, King Oyo was aptly placed under the guardianship of several capable individuals, to ensure his smooth maturation into his role as cultural leader of his people. Among his guardians are H.E. Yoweri Museveni, President of Uganda; Prince James Mugenyi, his paternal uncle, Princess Elizabeth N. Bagaaya, his paternal aunt and Godmother; and the other kings.
 

King Oyo with his uncle and guardian, 
Prince James Mugenyi (R.I.P.)


 

King Oyo officiating at his first Empango (Moon) ceremony

King Oyo in contemplative mood


2002
A relaxing moment: King Oyo 
playing with his puppy that was given to him
by Mrs. Janet Museveni, 
wife of President Yoweri Museveni of Uganda.

King Oyo's kingdom, still suffering the devastation of 26 years of nonexistence and desecration, is in dire need of total reconstruction in all cultural, economic and human aspects. An ambitious development plan is in effect, encompassing several major development and restoration projects.


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