World’s Youngest King Comes to Midland

By: Sarah Snyder
NewsWest 9

MIDLAND - He's the world's youngest King, and on Wednesday he landed in the Permian Basin. A king from East Africa will spend the next several days learning about West Texas and sharing his story.

He tackles some tough issues in East Africa, represents the people of Uganda, and reigns over two million in the Toro Kingdom – and King Nyimba Kabamba Iguru Rukidi is only 18 years old.

"I want to build a relationship with the people here and I want them to help us build the Toro Kingdom," King Oyo said.

King Oyo and his mother, Queen Best, are visiting West Texas to learn about the culture and meet with friends here who make frequent trips to Uganda. They'll visit churches, businesses and Midland City leaders, but King Oyo's first impression of the Basin was the scorching summer heat.

"It's a very good state," King Oyo, said. "Hot, but very good."

Life for this young ruler hasn't always been easy. His father died suddenly, leaving the throne to his three year old son.

"It wasn't easy," King Oyo said. "It was never easy growing up. I was very young at the time they crowned me king. There were ups and downs, but now I've legally taken over and I'm looking forward to ruling the Kingdom for a long time."