Crown Prince Eheneden Erediauwa prepares to be crowned Oba of Benin

Crown Prince Eheneden Erediauwa with Governor Oshiomhole

In spite of the fact
that official and traditional announcement has not been made on the demise of
the Oba
of Benin
, His Royal Majesty,
Oba Erediauwa, the Benin Crown
Prince, His Royal Highness (Crown Prince)
Eheneden Erediauwa had formally been
installed as the Edaiken of Uselu
(Edaiken N’Uselu).

This is a precursor to
assuming the title of the Oba of Benin. On October 6, 2015,
the heir-apparent to the Benin throne, Prince
Eheneden Erediauwa
was formally initiated into the Royal chamber of Iwebo
in conformity with the Benin Customs and tradition.

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The colorful event
which lasted for seven days took place in the Royal Chamber of Iwebo Chiefs
led by their functioning Head, Chief
in the absence of Chief
of the Iwebo Group.
At the end of the seven
days rituals, the Crown Prince in company of many Chiefs, prominent Edo
indigenes and other well wishers took a walk through the palace of the Oba to
the Royal Palace of Edaiken N’Uselu to formally assum office as the Edaiken
of Uselu
This is a precursor to
assuming the title of the Oba of Benin.
It is from this palace, the journey to the Oba
of Benin’s
palace will begin and it usually takes 90 days.
It was indeed a moment
of historical reality and royal grandeur with sonorous traditional songs and
complimentary outpour of affections and solidarity from Benin people to His
Royal Highness Prince Eheneden (Edaikan N’Uselu).
It is note worthy that
there are three main societies in the Oba’s palace, namely Iwebo, Iwegual
and Ibiwe.
Each society occupies
its own section of the palace and entry into it is by special initiation
usually lasting seven days. They were established during the reign of Oba Ewuare the Greatest in the 15th century.
In the 16th
century, two Obas namely Esigie, (150 AD) and Ehengbuda (1550 AD) carried out the
form in Iwebo and Iwagual societies respectively. Iwebo, the most senior society takes
charge of the royal ward robe and regalia, making and repairing the coral bead
on ceremonial occasions in the past. This society also used to oversee
financial matters of trade and commerce.