Benin mourns as Oba Erediauwa joins ancestors


OMON N’OBA Ne Edo, Uku Akpolokpolor, Oba Erediauwa has joined his ancestors. He was the 38th Oba of Benin Kingdom. A terse announcement yesterday in Benin by the Iyase of Benin Kingdom (the Traditional Prime Minister), Chief Sam Igbe who spoke in Bini dialect said, “OSORHUE BUNRUN; Oba Erediauwa of Benin Kingdom, the Prince of Peace, Ebo, Ayemwirhe, Emimi Mini Mini, has re-united with his ancestors. May he find perfect peace with God.”

Shortly after the traditional breaking of the symbolic white chalk (Osorhue) by the Iyase at the Urho Ozolua Shrine within the Palace in the presence of other Palace chiefs, journalists and the Bini people, the chiefs and those present wept openly in mourning the passing on of one of the foremost traditional rulers in Nigeria. The Iyase also announced that all Bini males were expected to shave their heads, all markets closed and all Palace chiefs to wear only one bead around their necks.