THE Benin palace has announced that the Benin kingdom will have a new king on October 20.
The much awaited coronation of His Royal Highness, Crown Prince Ambassador Eheneden Erediauwa, Edaiken N’ Uselu, as the new Oba of Benin Kingdom had been billed to hold on Monday, September 28, before Wednesday’s announcement.
Chairman, Coronation Planning Committee, His Royal Highness Professor G. I. Akenzua, the Enogie of Evbuobanosa/Abudu disclosed this at a media briefing held at the Palace on Wednesday, adding that burial ceremonies are prohibited throughout the period of the coronation.
Speaking further, HRH Akenzua said “As a result of this change, HRH, the Edaiken N’ Uselu will now depart from Uselu Palace for Eko-Ohae on the 8th of October. He will normally perform some important ceremonies connected with the coronation everyday for seven to ten days prior to the day of his final departure from Uselu.
“We like to inform the general public through this medium that from the day Edaiken N’Uselu leaves his palace for Eko-Ohae on the 8th of October, the use of coral beads by those who are normally entitled to it will be restored, and the current use of white beads, Omo N’ Orhue, would be discontinued.
“We wish to state that the inconvenience this unavoidable change of date may have caused all the numerous well-wishers interested in attending this important event is greatly regretted.”