Benin Traditional Council announces October 20 as new date for Oba’s coronation

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The Benin Traditional Council has announced October 20 as the new date for the coronation of His Royal Highness, Crown Prince Ehenede Erediauwa, Edaiken N’Uselu, as the new Oba of Benin.

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The Chairman of the Coronation Planning Committee, HRH, Prof. Gregory Akenzua, made the statement while speaking with newsmen at the palace ground, Benin City on Wednesday.

He stated that the earlier date for the coronation, which was September 26, was changed due to the new date of Sept 28 for the governorship election in Edo state .

Akenzua said: “The Edaiken N’Uselu will now depart finally from Uselu to Eko-Ohae on October 8, 2016. His Royal Highness will normally perform some important ceremonies connected with the coronation everyday for seven to 10 days prior to the day of his final departure from Uselu.

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“We like to inform the general public that from the day the Edaiken N’Uselu leaves Uselu for Eko-Ohae, the use of coral beads by those who are normally entitled, will be restored and the current use of “Omo N’Orhue” (white beads) will be discontinued.”

‘Furthermore, burial ceremonies are prohibited throughout the period of the coronation process,” he added.

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