The appointment of Crown Prince Eheneden Erediauwa as the new Oba of Benin has been approved by the government of Edo State. Oba Eheneden succeeds his father whose transition was announced by the Iyase of Benin Kingdom, Chief Sam Igbe few weeks ago. He is the 39th Oba of Benin.
However, his official name will be announced after his formal installation.
The confirmation was conveyed in a letter dated 24th May, 2016 signed by the Secretary to State Government, Prof Julius Omozuanvbo Ihonvbere, OON.
The Government said: “it is hereby notified for general information that in exercise of the powers conferred by Section 19 (1) of the Traditional Rulers and Chiefs Law, 1979 (as amended) and by virtue of all other laws enabling it in that behalf, the Executive Council of the Edo State Government of Nigeria has approved the appointment of His Royal Highness Edaiken N’Uselu, Crown Prince Eheneden Erediauwa as the Oba of Benin, with effect from 29th day of April, 2016.”
Crown Prince Eheneden Erediauwa was formally installed as the Edaiken of Uselu, Benin Kingdom on March 12, 2016.
A quintessential diplomat, he was at different times, Nigeria’s ambassador to Norway, Angola, Holland and Italy. He was recalled to Benin Kingdom to assume his role as the first son and heir apparent to the throne of Bini Kingdom about four years ago.
Born in 1953, Prince Eheneden has a B.A. in economics and sociology from the University of Wales and he’s also a member of the Nigerian Institute of International Affairs.
Prince Eheneden is married to three wives: Princess Iroghama, (Obazuaye N’Erie), Princess Iyayiota, (Obazuwa N’Erie) Princess Ikpakpa (Ohe N’Erie).