Crown Prince Eheneden Erediauwa installed the 39th Oba of Benin Kingdom has been named Oba Ewuare II at a ceremony where he called for the promotion of the rich Benin culture.
His full title is : Omo N’Oba N’Edo Uku’ Akpolokpolo Ewuare 11.
He unveiled his official title today at the presentation of the staff of office ceremony which was attended by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo and host governor, Adams Oshiomhole. There was also the King of Ife, Ooni Adeyeye Ogunwusi, who shares the same ancestral Oranmiyan link with Ewuare.
There was a secret coronation, however, before the open ceremony.
NAN correspondent at the event said the crowning ceremony was performed at about 3.00 am today at Usama Palace, far from the prying eyes of cameras and press men.
It was witnessed by very close loyalists of the new king.
The crowning at Usama palace was performed by the Usama N’ Ihiron also known as the Edion led by Chief Oliha.
Chief Oliha was supported by other powerful rulers in the kingdom, including the Edion are Edohen, Ezomo, Ero, Eholo N’ Ire, Oloton and Edaiken.
A mammoth crowd later today escorted the new king from Usama palace to Orho-Okpata in Benin
The crowd had waited patiently while chanting songs of praises and incantation before the King came out exactly 1:05 pm and finally left the palace by 1:20 pm.
As it is the ritual, the Oba of Benin walked through Oreogene and stopped by at Oloto palace, one of the seven Chiefs that performed the crowning ceremony at dawn.
The Oba thereafter visited a shrine at Iwehen junction to pay homage.
Then he walked through Ibiwe and later arrived at Urho-Okpota where the crowning was officially performed by Chief Oliha of Benin.
Among the dignitaries were Iweghe , Iwebos , Ibiwe chiefs and youth, Ogbelaka chiefs, Isiemwenro guild , Ifieto, and Edigin N’Okakun.
The new monarch had relocated on Oct 11, to Usama palace to perform coronation rites, after spending three days at Urho-Okpota
He was presented a staff of office by Edo state governor Adams Oshiomhole.
The new Oba was born on October 20, 1953 and crowned on his birthday. He has three wives.
The 39th Oba of Benin is also the 70th in the Ogiso.
He unveiled plans to harness the potential of Benin culture for tourism and job creation.
The Omo N’Oba N’Edo Uku Akpolokpolo Ewuare II called for the inclusion of Edo language in school curriculum.