Friday, 29 April 2016

The Great Oba Of Benin Kingdom Takes A Last Bow

The traditional ruler of the Benin Kingdom, Omo n’Oba n’Edo Uku Akpolokpolo, Oba Erediauwa, has died. Premium Times report that the monarch’s demise was officially announced by Adams Oshiomhole, the Governor of Edo State, on Friday. 

“Our hearts are heavy, laden with pains and grief, at the announcement of the passing to glory… of our highly revered Oba…,” Mr. Oshiomhole said in a 431-word statement announcing the ‎king’s death. Oba Erediauwa was aged 92. Almost one year ago, the monarch, who ascended the throne in 1979, was rumoured to have passed on after an undisclosed illness.
The rumour became widespread after the campaign trail of then president, Goodluck Jonathan, landed in Benin in February 2015, and the Oba was conspicuously ‎absent.
Frank Irabor, Secretary of the Benin Traditional Council, quickly moved to dispel the rumours.
“They have been peddling that rumour for more than a year now, because the Oba has not been coming out,” Mr. Irabor said in a statement.