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Oba Ghato Kpere… Ise! Eheneden Erediauwa Has been Crowned as Oba Ewuare II of Benin Kingdom

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Former Crown Prince Eheneden Erediauwa, was today crowned as the 39th Oba of Benin. He had picked a name on Tuesday after defeating Edigin N’Use in the traditional Akhue game (marble seeds).

Today, the name was announced at the Urhopkpota Hall, venue for the coronation.

He is now to be called Oba Ewuare II of Benin Kingdom.

Governor Adams Oshiomhole of Edo State, as part of the ceremony, presented him with the staff of office.

The event was graced by Royal Fathers, Political Leaders, and Members of the Diplomatic Corps.

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, Governor Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo, Governor Rauf Aregbesola of Osun, Aliko Dangote, All Progressives Congress (APC) National Chairman, John Odigie-Oyegun, were among the dignitaries present.

The Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi III, Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Muhammadu Sa’ad Abubakar III, Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi II, Olugbo of Ugbo, Oba Fredrick Obateru Akinruntan, were also present at the event.

Some of countries whose diplomats were present include Great Britain, Namibia, Senegal, Italy, Burkinafaso, Senegal, Mauritania, Mali and Spain.

Others were Denmark, Sweden, Tanzania, Sao Tome, South Sudan, Argentina, Botswana, Angola and Albania.

The Oba had served as a Nigerian diplomat in several countries.

He walked from the Usama Palace few kilometres to Urhokpota Hall, where he was crowned by the Ezama Chiefs led by Oliha.

Pic.22. The new Oba of Benin, Omo N’Oba Eheneden Erediauwa at his coronation ceremony in Benin on Thursday (20/10/16). 7852/20/10/2016/Ernest Okorie/BJO/NAN

At the Usama Palace

PIC.23. CORONATION OF NEW OBA OF BENIN, EHENEDEN EREDIAUWA IN EDO Pic.23. Some chiefs at the coronation ceremony of the new Oba of Benin, Omo N’Oba Eheneden Erediauwa in Benin on Thursday (20/10/16). 7853/20/10/2016/Ernest Okorie/BJO/NAN

Some Chiefs at the coronation ceremony of the new Oba of Benin in Benin on Thursday (20/10/16). 7853/20/10/2016/Ernest Okorie/BJO/NAN

Pic.24. The Isienmwenros (traditional security men) at the coronation of the new Oba of Benin, Omo N’Oba Eheneden Erediauwa in Benin on Thursday (20/10/16). 7854/19/10/2016/Ernest Okorie/BJO/NAN

The Isienmwenros (traditional security men) at the coronation of the new Oba of Benin on Thursday (20/10/16). 7854/19/10/2016/Ernest Okorie/BJO/NAN

Pic.34. The new Oba of Benin, Omo N’Oba Eheneden Erediauwa at his coronation ceremony in Benin on Thursday (20/10/16). 7864/20/10/2016/Ernest Okorie/BJO/NAN

Walking to the venue of the coronation

Pic.35. Some traditionalists perform some traditional rites at the coronation of the new Oba of Benin, Omo N’Oba Eheneden Erediauwa in Benin on Thursday (20/10/16). 7865/20/10/2016/Ernest Okorie/BJO/NAN

Some traditionalists perform some traditional rites at the coronation of the new Oba of Benin on Thursday (20/10/16). 7865/20/10/2016/Ernest Okorie/BJO/NAN

Pic.2. The new Oba of Benin, Omo N’Oba Eheneden Erediauwa (m) during his coronation at the Usama Palace, Benin City in Edo on Thursday (20/10/16). 7869/21/10/2016/BJO/NAN

The new Oba of Benin, Oba Ewuare II (m) during his coronation in Benin City in Edo on Thursday (20/10/16). 7869/21/10/2016/BJO/NAN

Pic.3. Gov. Adams Oshiomhole of Edo (2nd, l) presenting the Staff of Office to the new Oba of Benin, Omo N’Oba Eheneden Erediauwa at the Usama Palace, Benin City City in Edo on Thursday (20/10/16). 7870/21/10/2016/BJO/NAN

Gov. Adams Oshiomhole of Edo (2nd, l) presenting the Staff of Office to the new Oba of Benin, Oba Ewuare II in Benin City City in Edo on Thursday (20/10/16). 7870/21/10/2016/BJO/NAN

15 Comments

  1. gbaskelebo

    October 20, 2016 at 8:38 pm

    He did not pick Esigie II as his name he picked Ewuare II hmmm, we have another “Ogidigan” !!! come all ye fair winds of esoteric science, art and mysteries, Benin welcomes you! God help us. Nor be today … Second base jare!

  2. xplorenollywood.com

    October 20, 2016 at 10:00 pm

    Oba Ghato Kpere… Ise! The Benin tradition gives me goose bumps!! The tradition is so rich another culture that deserves a movie or documentary.

  3. aj

    October 20, 2016 at 10:19 pm

    He looks so much like his predecessor! Long live the new King!

  4. Choice

    October 20, 2016 at 10:19 pm

    Long live the King

  5. Tincan

    October 20, 2016 at 11:11 pm

    The rich reds of Benin City… I would love to know more about the traditions observed during these rites, I think. Missing my Grandpa, wonder if he would have told me more.

  6. Fifi

    October 21, 2016 at 12:01 am

    Omonoba n’edo, Uku akpolokpolo, Ewuare n’ogidigan II Oba gha t’okpere Ise

  7. Missappleberry

    October 21, 2016 at 6:43 am

    My own is that Benin has so much heritage and history that in this time and age, we should be counting in millions from tourism, but unfortunately no one seems to care. I can imagine if it were the whites leaving in such an ancient city because all the things we don’t seem to care about would have been preserved for tourism purpose. The moats are an example of that. I think this new oba should work hand in hand with the government to ensure some of these history or heritage is preserved. It’s important this history is passed from generation to generation through history classes in schools. Ring road or Oba market as a whole has enough history to pull in enough money from tourism to maintain Benin city as a whole. Just my thoughts though.

    In closely related news, did you know the new oba of Benin is 63 years old and that his coronation date yesterday 20/10/16 was also his birthday? In addition, he’s a graduate of the university of wales and also has a masters degree. He was formerly an ambassador of Spain and is currently married to 4 wives (last one still in the works) according to the traditions of the Edo people. BN these are some of the facts you should at least share while posting news on this coronation.

    • Obasohan Charles

      October 21, 2016 at 8:17 am

      Well said…

    • Adwoa

      October 21, 2016 at 2:06 pm

      Sometimes I’m inclined to believe that BN forgets that its market spreads beyond the people of Nigeria and of Nigerian descent and as such should give a more indepth information when it posts stories such as these.

  8. truthteller

    October 21, 2016 at 8:07 am

    NIGERIA COULD EASILY CULTURALLY COLONIZE ALL OF SUBSAHARA AFRICA WITH NO RESISTANCE POSED WHATSOEVER AND SECURE ITSELF A DISGUSTINGLY MASSIVE AMOUNT OF ECONOMIC ALLEGIANCE AND TERRITORY!…BUT instead they are ALL soo busssy preoccupied with the science of mixing various portions and charms to see if rabbits realy do come out of hats!

    LOL…….MEANWHILE CHINA MEN COMING FROM EASTERN ASIA TO BEAT THEM AT THIS AND THE ARABS ARE ALMOST OVER RUNNING THEM IN THEIR OWN COUNTRY! LOL

    …Thats why Donald Trump said “Africa must be recollonised because they didnt learn a damn thing from the British!”

  9. funmilola

    October 21, 2016 at 8:55 am

    I’m only here for the beads…..oba gha to kpere,iseee!!!!!

  10. shakabula

    October 21, 2016 at 3:31 pm

    Please why do they cover their mouth with handkerchiefs?

  11. Prince

    October 21, 2016 at 4:12 pm

    Benin and juju

  12. Iriowen

    October 24, 2016 at 2:15 am

    Oba ghato kpere! Long live the Oba!

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