New Oba of Benin, true symbol of Benin cultural heritage, says Tinubu

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The National Leader of the All Progressives Congress, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, has described the new Oba of Benin, Omo N’Oba N’Edo Uku Akpolopkolo, Oba Ewuare 11, as a worthy son succeeding his noble father and a true symbol of Benin cultural heritage.


Congratulating His Royal Highness, Eheneden Erediauwa, over his coronation as the 39th Oba of Benin Kingdom, Tinubu said it was heart-warming that the crown prince emerged the popular choice to succeed his father, the late Oba Erediauwa, who had a successful reign.

Shortly after his coronation, Erediauwa gave the name he has chosen to bear as Oba Ewuare 11.

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He would be addressed as Omo n’Oba n’Edo Uku Akpolopkolo, Oba Ewuare 11, after Oba Ewuare 1, who reigned in 1440 AD.

Tinubu said in a statement by his Media Office: “I felicitate with Omo n’Oba n’Edo Uku Akpolopkolo, Oba Ewuare 11. There is nothing as heart-warming as to have a worthy son succeed his father after a successful reign of the latter. Like his father Oba Erediauwa, Oba Ewuare 11 represents a true symbol of Benin cultural heritage. With his sound education and deep knowledge of the history and tradition of Benin Kingdom, Oba Ewuare 11 has been prepared ahead of this time and he is eminently qualified to build on his father’s legacies and generally carry on from where Oba Erediauwa stopped.

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“The Benin kingdom occupies a pre-eminent place in pre-colonial traditional history and the place of Oba of Benin, a direct descendant of Oranmiyan, the son of Oduduwa, has long been assured not only in the pantheon of traditional history and culture in Nigeria and beyond but also among traditional rulers in the country and outside. I hope and pray that Oba Ewuare 11 would take this enviable place seriously and move to advance it further.

“I also hope and pray that he would uplift Benin tradition, uplift the living standard of his people and that the Benin people would generally enjoy greater peace and security during his reign.”

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5 thoughts on “New Oba of Benin, true symbol of Benin cultural heritage, says Tinubu

  1. Tinubu should understand that the Edo's are not Yoruba.
    History have it that Oduduwa came from Saudi Arebia,so does that mean the Yoruba's are SAUDI's?.

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  2. Robert, where you hear that one?
    Go and find it and read again, you want to connect oduduwa with Islam,,,that's not possible , before the white and Arab came with the bible and Qur'an, ,,,,we Africans already had our way of life...culture and religion,,,, we already believe there was God a power greater than us,,, and we communicate with God through our ancestors.... They only came to tell us to communicate with God through Jesus Christ, and Mohammed... Which we were already doing through our ancestor,,,, as much as I don't dispute against Christianity and Islam,,, I am not really bothered the way you communicate with God,,,, what is important is that you beleive in God.

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