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Uganda’s King Oyo to Hold Private Birthday Ceremony in Palace this Weekend

King Oyo is one of the world’s youngest ruling monarchs. He ascended to throne at age three after his father, King Olimi Kaboyo, died of a heart attack in 1995. He rules over more than 2 million people in the Tooro kingdom, one of four kingdoms allowed by the government to exist in Uganda.

Karuzika Royal Palace, Fort Portal, Uganda, Newly crowned King Oyo Nyimba Kabamba Iguru Rukidi IV, with Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni (on the left) and King Chevy-Zeh Jean Gervais King of Korou Kingdom in the Ivory Coast (on the right) during his18th birthday celebration in Karuzika Royal Palace at Fort Portal. (Photo taken on April 17, 2010.)

Today he assumed the full duties of King of the Tooros as he reaches adulthood.

Unlike his Buganda Kingdom counter who celebrated his 61st birthday with a multitude of subjects in attendance, Toro king Oyo Kabamba Iguru Rukiidi the fourth has oddly chosen to celebrate his privately at his palace in the Western district of Fort Portal.

King Oyo’s mother Best Kemigisa.

Tooro kingdom’s spokesperson Vincent Mugume told the press that it was the king’s choice to hold his 24th birthday anniversary slated for Saturday this week private.

Kings and cultural leaders in this country are known for organising splashy birthday celebrations with a multitude of subjects in attendance.

However, Mugume without disclosing why the king chose to make his birthday private said, “It is his day and he can choose to celebrate it in any way he wants.”

Last year the king celebrated his birthday with his subjects in Kyenjojo district.

King Oyo was born on April 16, 1992 to King Patrick David Mathew Kaboyo Olimi III and Queen Best Kemigisa Kaboyo.

Three and half years later in 1995, Oyo ascended the throne and succeeded his father to become the 12th ruler of the 180 year old Kingdom of Toro.

Princes Komuntare, a sister to the king.

He is currently the world’s youngest ruling monarch, taking the place of previous record holder, King Mswati of Swaziland, who was crowned at 18 years of age.


Three regents were charged with overseeing King Oyo’s growth into the role of King and with handling the cultural affairs of the Kingdom during the King’s youth.

At the time of his coronation, the three regents included his mother, Queen Best (the Queen Mother); his aunt/godmother, Princess Elizabeth Bagaaya; and President Museveni.

The late Colonel Muammar Gaddafi, the leader of Libya, was a patron of the Kingdom of Toro with close ties to the royal family.

Late Col Muammar Gadaffi greeting Toro’s King Oyo way back in time. The king was just 10 years old

The young King Oyo named Gaddafi the “defender” of the Kingdom and invited him to attend the 6th coronation anniversary celebrations in 2001.

Gaddafi had made donations to the Kingdom, helping pay for refurbishments to the Palace in Fort Portal.


Oyo spent two years in London and attended pre-school there and he went to the International School of Uganda and says he enjoyed art, music, math, and swimming.

In October 2013, King Oyo graduated from the University of Winchester after studying there for three years.

Uganda`s King of the Tooro Kingdom, King Oyo Nyimba Kabamba Iguru Rukidi IV, during his 18th birthday in the royal palace at Fort Portal, Uganda.

By Robert Muriisa.

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