Residents of Benin kingdom comprising the seven local government areas which constitute Edo South Senatorial district have been directed not to cook with fire on Sunday, June 5, 2016 in honour of Oba Erediauwa who joined his ancestors recently
Sunday, June 5, 2016 is the day of Igberimwin in the royal funeral rites programme.
In a telephone interview with a correspondent of ionigeria.com, the Secretary to the Benin Traditional Council, Mr. Frank Irabor emphasized that cooking is prohibited in the entire Benin Kingdom on that day. He advised residents to prepare their food for the day on Saturday Night.
He also advised that residents of the Kingdom could eat a lot fruits on that day.
Asked if residents could use electric cooker to prepare their food, he said no.
His words: “Anything that has fire should not be used to cook People can prepare their the night before. They can also eat a lot of fruits that day”
The local government areas in Benin Kingdom include Ikpoba-Okha, Uhunmwonde, Egor, Oredo, Orhionmwon, Ovia North-East and Ovia South-West.
According to Irabor, “the cooking without fire was in accordance with Benin customs and tradition.
All Benins as well as non-indigenes in the kingdom are expected to observe the Igberimwin rites.