By Simon Ebegbulem
BENIN—THE Benin Traditional Council, yesterday, announced October 20, as the new date for the coronation of His Royal Highness, Crown Prince Ehenede Erediauwa, Edaiken N’Uselu, as the new Oba of Benin.
According to the Chairman of the Coronation Planning Committee, HRH, Prof. Gregory Akenzua, who addressed journalists at the palace ground, Benin City, the earlier date for the coronation, September 26, was changed due to the announcement by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, that the date for the governorship election in Edo State, originally scheduled for September 10, had been moved to September 28, 2016.
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 seven to 10 days prior to the day of his final departure from Uselu.
“We like to inform the general 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,” he said.