: Sorry, Robert, but there is no African royals
: message board. I think it may be of interest
: here because in Asia, as in Africa, there
: are many "subnational" monarchies
: within republics, and I cannot recall such a
: high ranking US official paying a visit to
: any of them. (At least not since the 1960s
: when Jacqueline Kennedy visited the Maharaja
: and Maharani of Jaipur.
I guess that the main reason for the US Secretary of State to visit the Sultan of Sokoto is not that the Sultan is some kind of monarch, but because he is the spiritual leader of Nigeria's muslims.