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Markets to be closed, males to shave hairs as Oba of Benin’s death is announced 15 months’ after

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About 15 months after he joined his ancestors, the Benin Traditional Council‎ on Friday formally proclaimed the death of the Oba of Benin, Omo N’Oba n’Edo, Uku Akpolokpolo, Oba Erediauwa.

In accordance with the Benin traditional mourning rites for a translated Monarch, every male in the kingdom is expected to shave his head throughout the mourning period that may last for up to three months, while all markets in the kingdom are to remain closed for about seven days.

The announcement was made by the Prime Minister and Iyase of Benin Kingdom, Chief Sam Igbe, in company of other traditional Chiefs and Enigies (Dukes), with the traditional braking of native chalk at the entrance of the palace.

It would be recalled that ionigeria.com broke the news of the death of the monarch in February 2015.

While announcing the translation, the Iyase‎ said: “Osorhue Bunrun. Oba Erediauwa of Benin Kingdom, the Prince of Peace, Ebo, Ayemwirhe, emini mini, has returned with his ancestors. May he find perfect peace with God.”

Following the breaking of the native chalk at the main entrance of the palace, all the chiefs and enigie broke down in tears and wailed for the translated monarch.

The Benin Crown Prince and Edaiken of Benin, Eheneden Erediauwa, who arrived at the palace at about 1:10PM from his Uselu resistance, was formally informed of the translation of his father, before it was publicly announced.
The late Monarch was crowned Oba of Benin in March, 1979.

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267 comments

  1. Juliet Omoboriowo Egbule

    lol 15 months what

  2. Barbers of Benin kingdom,una own don shelle ooo as every male in kingdom should barb his hair oo in hon of de late king of Benin

  3. Ehigie Osasumwen

    Rip omo n, oba n edo

  4. Rest in peace our Great OBA of BENIN!

  5. May you rest in peace our great KING OF BENIN.

  6. I still remember when my mother made me shave my hair in 1979.

  7. I can remember 1979 when my friend did same

  8. RIP OBA OF D BENIN KINGDOM

  9. Biz opportunity,
    Make i go arrange barbing salon 4 benin nah

  10. This “fifteen months after” cant is most disrespectful. The Oba was indisposed, ill in simple terms, and it was announced. The great thing has happened and it has also been announced. There is simply not a scintilla of evidence exists that the Chiefs and Benin people were misleading. The person who posted the rubbish should apologize to us and remove it!!!

  11. Che! All those Benin boys that love shine, shine bobo hair ratty bobmarley and all those their Michael Jackson jerry curlys hairs how far? Lol!

  12. Chai I ‘ll relocate my BARBING SALON to Benin City for barbing season.

  13. Announce his death after 15 months, i tire oo

  14. Biz opportunity,
    Make i go arrange barbing salon 4 benin nah

  15. Rip in peace… Uku apkolopkolo

  16. ChiChi Onyemaenu Eke

    Proudly married to a bini prince. #mourningmylateking# #sobbingmode# may his soul rest in peace. Amen