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18-year-old Ugandan king visits D-FW

ARLINGTON, Texas — The world's youngest king, 18-year-old King Oyo of the Tooro kingdom in Uganda, is hanging out in the Metroplex this weekend, catching a rodeo, watching a baseball game and being honored by his countrymen with a royal banquet.

Oyo, who inherited the throne at age 3 when his father died, turned 18 this year and formally took over ruling more than 2 million people in East Africa's Tooro kingdom.

He and his mother, Queen Best, are traveling around Texas this month to meet with countrymen from Uganda, develop relationships with Texans and learn about the state's culture.

"Texas is a great state with very good people," the soft-spoken Oyo said after arriving at Dallas/Fort Worth Airport from Midland. "I hope to strengthen the relationships between people here and those in Tooro ... and find out how to help the women back home in Tooro."

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