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Benin Crown Prince, Eheneden, Installed Edaiken of Uselu

Posted: Mar 12, 2016 at 8:08 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

Francis Onoiribholo, Benin

Benin Kingdom Crown Prince, Prince Eheneden Erediauwa was formerly crowned as the Edaiken of Uselu after which he was escorted to his Uselu Palace.

Edaiken’s Journey to Uselu started from his private residence at the Government Reservation Area (GRA) with a procession to the Benin Royal Palace where departure ceremonies were performed by the Iwebo Society led by the Eribo of Benin,

The installation of Prince Eheneden Erediauwa, as the Edaiken of Uselu marked  the successful completion of the mandatory traditional rites as a prelude to his ascension to the Uselu throne as the Edaiken.

The event attracted a large crowd of supporters that thronged the palace, while shops and other business outlets were temporarily shut through out the duration of the ceremony on Saturday as a mark of honour and solidarity with the Crown Prince.

The Oba market and some streets as well as roads housing some traditional shines were cordoned – off by security personnel and manned by colourfully dressed palace chiefs, while some commuters and lovers of Benin tradition struggled to catch a glimpse of the event.

The move was to assist Officials of the Federal Road Safety commission (FRSC) assisted by traffic policemen with useful tips to ease human and vehicular movements of persons.

Women groups adorned in Benin traditional attire, drummers and entertainers, youths and visitors, palace chiefs including politicians and government officials led by Edo state governor, Adams Oshiomhole, defied the scorching sun to witness the Edaiken departure ceremonies at the Palace.

The arrival of the convoy of the Crown Prince in company of some first Class Benin Chiefs and retinue of Benin sons and daughters as well as  security team from his private residence to the palace, marked the commencement of the Ceremony at about 2pm.

After a brief consultation with palace chiefs and the performance of traditional rites at the palace, Prince Eheneden Erediauwa, clad in a white and red traditional regalia with a pair of dark glasses proceeded to five  junctions (Adanisen) where he was received by Uselu chiefs, prominent leaders, sons and daughters after a brief ceremony

The heir apparent to the traditional stool, at about 4pm, rode from the five junctions  in a long convoy with Governor Adams Oshiomhole of Edo state and his deputy, Barr. Pius Odubu in company of other top government officials and palace chiefs to Edaiken palace at Uselu in Benin.

The Edaiken is expected to go through some traditional rites before he is assumed to have taken the traditional stool of Edaiken of Uselu which will become his temporal place of abode which pre dates ancient times.