Royal solidarity: When Crown Prince of Issele-Uku visits Benin Kingdom prior to his enthronement

THE Crown Prince of Issele-Uku (Oligbo Kingdom), in Aniocha North Local Government Area of Delta State, HRH NdukaEzeagwuna, has indicated his intention to ascend the throne of the ancient kingdom and fulfill the age-long rites of his people by assuming his rightful position as the Monarch of Issele-Uku.

Nduka Ezeagwuna gave this assurance during a royal visit to the Crown Prince of Benin Kingdom, HRH Eheneden Erediauwa, EdaikenN’Uselu, where he had gone to pay homage and to  inform him of his intention to ascend the throne of his fathers.

The production engineering graduate from the University of Ibadan told the Edaiken that he is aware of the age-long relationship between Oligbo kingdom and the ancient Benin kingdom, saying this had motivated him to pay the royal visit and assure the Crown Prince of Bini Kingdom of his desire to continue that relationship, even as he emphasised the historical fact that Benin remains the ancestral root of the Isei people.

Sitting: Eheneden Erediauwa, (middle):  Nduka Ezeagwuna and the Regent of Issele-Uku, Mr. Domnic Egbune
Sitting: Eheneden Erediauwa, (middle): Nduka Ezeagwuna and the Regent of Issele-Uku, Mr. Domnic Egbune

Welcoming the Issele-Uku Crown Prince to his Palace, the Edaiken equally affirmed the brotherly link that connects Benin Kingdom and that of Issele-Uku, adding that it was in keeping with the ancient traditions of kingship rites that such a royal visit was undertaken to fully endorse the emergence and recognition of a new Obi in Issele-Uku.

“We have no problems with this visit and the intention and purpose for which it has been undertaken. It is in keeping with our ancient traditions and I fully endorse and give you our royal consent. Let me also thank and commend you very much for recognising the value of our tradition and culture and for deciding to ascend the royal stool of your fathers,” the Crown Prince of Benin Kingdom assured Crown Prince Nduka Ezeagwuna.

The delegation that accompanied the Crown Prince of IsseleUku Kingdom on the royal visit to the Palace in Benin included the Regent, Prince Dominic Egbune; the  Oji Oba  of Issele-Uku, Chief Ike Odoe; the  Odogwu, Chief G.C. Okwumabua; the  Ogbelani  of Issele-Uku, Elder Isichei; Chairman of Coronation Committee, Frank Mordi; Chairman of House of Assembly Service Commission, Chief (Mrs.) Ada Josephine Kachikwu.

Others were Chairman of Media Committee, Prof. Mrs. Mokwunyei; Secretary of Media Committee, Comrade Patrick Ochei; as well as other members, including Prince Chuks, Mr. Emma Ojei, Mr. D.D. Mordi, Mr. Nwaba and others too numerous to mention.

It would be recalled that 20-year-old Nduka Ezeagwuna had been crowned the new Monarch of Issele-Uku, Aniocha North Local Government Area of Delta State, replacing his late father who had been the Obi of the town. Crown Prince Ezeagwuna was a 300-level undergraduate at the time of his coronation by the community’s kingmakers, to fulfill the transition and ascension of kingship rites in the kingdom, pending the date for the performance of the full ritual of his formal ascension to the throne of his fore fathers.

Ascension to the throne

The coronation had been carried out by the Onishe of Issele-Uku, retired Justice Azomani,  who had performed the traditional rites of seating the young monarch on the throne, while awaiting the full coronation ceremony.

The new king, as at the time of his coronation, can be said to be the second youngest king to be crowned in the state, following in the heels of the record holder, the Dein of Agbor, His Royal Majesty, Benjamin IkenchukuKeagborekuzi 1, who was crowned in 1979 at the age of two years and four months.

His late father, King Henry Ezeagwuna, had passed away in a fatal auto crash at the Otulu junction on the Benin-Asaba-Onitsha expressway, which also claimed the life of Mr. Sunny Ofili, a journalist and Special Adviser on Information and Communication Technology to the former Governor of Delta State, Dr. Emmanuel Udughan, on the weekend of August 9, 2014.


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