Osinbajo attends Oba of Benin’s coronation

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One of coronation rites of the new Oba of Benin.
One of coronation rites of the new Oba of Benin.

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has arrived in Benin to witness the coronation of Prince Eheneden Erediauwa as the 39th Oba of the Kingdom.

Security has been beefed up as activities heightened for the coronation of the new Oba of Benin.

The Edo state government has already declared Thursday as public holiday for the coronation.

Aside the coronation of the new Oba that has attracted a lot of visitors, the city would be aglow later in the year again with the installation of a new governor.

Markets and shop have been closed today as directed by the government to mark the grand finale of coronation rituals.

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo

The city would witness more colourful activities later in the year will be crowned as the 39th Oba of Benin kingdom in a colourful ceremony today (Thursday).

The ancient Kingdom, which used to be called Igodomigodo, will have a new King after the death of Oba Erediauwa, the 38th King, in April.

The centre and major streets in ancient Benin are wearing a new look.

The new palace, built by Prince Erediauwa, is an architectural masterpiece.

All the major roads to the city centre had been condoned off since Wednesday.

The Oba Ovoranmwen Square was closed to traffic and commercial activities around the Square have been prohibited while posters and banners of Prince Erediauwa adorned the streets.

Already, Prince Erediauwa has played the Akhue game at the Ediaken N’Use Palace and chosen the name he will answer as the Oba.

The name will be unveiled today at the presentation of the Staff of Office by Governor Adams Oshiomhole.
Once the name is revealed, his children will also stop using Erediauwa in their names.

The journey to the throne began in May when the Crown Prince trekked from Benin to Uselu in Egor Local Government Area after he completed the rites and rituals to get the title of Edaiken N’Uselu.

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