The Benin Traditional Council has fixed October 20, 2016, as the new date for the coronation of of His Royal Highness, Crown Prince Ehenede Erediauwa, Edaiken N’Uselu as the new Oba of Benin.The announcement was made on Wednesday by the Chairman of the Coronation Planning Committee, Prof. Gregory Akenzua, the Enogie of Evbobanosa.
It was gathered that the initial date for the coronation – September 26 – was changed due to the decision of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, to move the gubernatorial election in Edo State from September 10 to September 28, 2016.
With the announcement of the new coronation date, Prof. Gregory Akenzua said:
“The Edaiken N’Uselu will now depart finally from Uselu to Eko-Ohae on October 8, 2016. His Royal Highness will normally perform some important ceremonies connected with the coronation everyday for 7 to 10 days prior to the day of his final departure from Uselu.
“We like to inform the public that from the day the Edaiken N’Uselu leaves Uselu for Eko-Ohae, the use of Coral Beads by those who are normally entitled will be restored and the current use of “Omo N’Orhue” (white beads) will be discontinued. Furthermore, burial ceremonies are prohibited throughout the period of the coronation process.”