The crown Prince of Benin Kingdom and Edaiken N’ Uselu, Prince Eheneden Erediauwa has moved from the Edaiken Palace in Uselu to Oredo (Benin City) in final preparation for his coronation as Oba of Benin Kingdom slated to take place on October 20.
The Edaiken accompanied by a mammoth crowd which included Uselu chiefs and prominent Benins, traditional societies, women and youth groups. In accordance with tradition trekked from Uselu to Benin City, a distance of about 8 kilometres.
There were also various cultural groups on ground to provide entertainment during the ceremony.
On his way, the Edaiken stopped at the sacred Palm tree, called Udin Amamieson-aimiuwa. The palm tree is over 500 years old and it was first climbed by Oba Ewuare during his sojourn in the forest.
From the sacred palm tree, he proceeded to Iya-akpan, where Chiefs from Oredo took over and escorted him to Eko-Ohae.
The city centre and its environ is already wearing new look, while all traders and drivers who operate around the Urhokpota Hall have been asked to leave.
Urhokpota is the place called Eko-Ohae (bachelors camp), where Prince Erediauwa is expected to stay for three days.
A huge tent that will serve as a temporary abode for the Crown Prince has been erected at the Urhokpota hall premises
According to the Chairman of the Coronation Planning Committee and Enogie of Evbuobanosa/Abudu, Prof. Gregory Akenzua, the Edaiken will on October 10 leave Eko-Ohae for Uzama Palace, the location of the Oba’s Palace before it was moved by Oba Ewedo in the 11th century.
It is at Uzama Palace that the coronation will take place by the Uzama N’ Ihiron.
Akenzua said the Edaiken will go to Use village for the ceremony of choosing a name, and on Thursday October 20, the Edaiken leaves Uzama for Urhokpota for presentation of staff of office.
He said the use of Coral Beads would be restored to those entitled to use them
Prince Eheneden Erediauwa will be the 70th king of Benin Kingdom when counted from the era of the Ógisos,