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Edo government approves appointment of Prince Eheneden as the new Oba of Benin


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's wives
Prince Eheneden’s wives

Prince Eheneden is married to three wives: Princess Iroghama, (Obazuaye N’Erie), Princess Iyayiota, (Obazuwa N’Erie) Princess Ikpakpa (Ohe N’Erie).

About Charles Igbinidu

Charles Igbinidu is a Public Relations practitioner in Lagos, Nigeria

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18 comments

  1. Idutua Victor Aihie

    When did the government start approving the appointment of the Oba of Benin

    • Always been in the statutes! Who do you think, presents the staff of office? Not about tradition but by LAW

  2. Eghosa Ifeanyi-Madu

    As if they have a choice

  3. You can now appointment an Oba of Benin?

  4. Congrats, nd long live nd may peace teign in ur tenure.

  5. He doesn’t have the right for that OK

    • I understand that The law empowers the governor to approve the appointment of monarchs in the state. The governor is not responsible for choosing the king but he has power to recognize. What I am not comfortable with is issuing the statement before the coronation. By tradition, he is the next Oba, he is not an Oba yet until all traditional ceremonies are completed

    • Who does? Bt has been approved by king maker b4 governor endorse

    • That means the governor don’t want to stay long because it’s giving by the oldest man in the kingdom don’t worry this is the great Benin kingdom where the king is truly king and the only kingdom in Africa

  6. Na formality sake, who is Oshi omo ole?

  7. So with the foregoing Edo state government can decide to hire and fire the Oba of Benin. Methinks this is very wrong that statement should be rephrased , it is disrespectful for the coveted position of the OBA of Benin.

  8. There is state law and there is traditional law and ceremony. Do not get it mix up.

  9. The has no power to reject him. So making a news is political.

  10. May his reign be peaceful with prosperity. The approval of a king is rested with God.

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