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AFRICA'S MOST INFLUENTIAL MONARCHS REPORT 2009
Background: Key to Monarchical Influence
In this 21st century, democratic governments enjoy the most popularity. The right of the people to choose their leaders is considered a fundamental right and democracy is thought to be the best form of governance. On another hand, persons born into this jet age of rights consider monarchy impracticable and sometimes absurd. Monarchs however still have palpable presence around the world tod ay.

Historically though, Monarchy is one of the oldest forms of government, with its echoes in the leadership of tribal chiefs. In the ancient times, monarchs held absolute power and took custody of regions that sometimes covered continents. They were known for having enormous wealth which they amassed from collecting tributes from their subjects and owning large expanse of land and slaves. The word of a king then was law so there were no constitutions by which countries were governed. The king or queen, for example had the right to rule by decree, promulgate laws, and impose punishments.

The Yoruba language word for government  ijoba  is explained to be derived from the phrase 'asoju oba' (which means 'the king's representative'). This implies that a republican government, as is more common in countries today, was a system that is supposed to represent the monarch; sovereignty rested with and was carried out in the name of 'The Crown'. We can also infer that the republican system evolved directly from the monarchical system.
 
However, since 1800, most of the world's monarchies have been abolished, and most of the nations that retain monarchs are constitutional monarchies. Inspite of this, the respect for these traditional institutions have made some of these monarchs retain considerable influence even though they are supposed to be just figureheads. The key to this influence is in that monarchy remains our undeniable roots and antecedent even in today's most sophisticated countries.

Among the few states that retain aspects of absolute monarchy are Brunei, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Swaziland and Vatican City. The monarch also retains considerable power in Jordan and Morocco. The most recent nation to abolish its monarchy was Nepal, which became a republic in 2008 (Qing Restoration Organization).

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