Biography

His Royal Majesty Oba Ewuare II was born on a predicted date-20th October 1953 to His Royal Majesty, Omo N’ Oba Erediauwa who was then known as prince Solomon Igbinoghodua Akenzua.

Biography of The Oba of Benin

His Royal Majesty Oba Ewuare II was educated in Nigeria, the United Kingdom and the United States of America. Omo N’Oba Ewuare II started his academic career in the mid-60’s at primary and secondary schools in Benin City. His secondary education was temporarily interrupted by the Nigerian Civil War of 1966.

Born Prince Eheneden Akenzua, His Royal Majesty Omo N’Oba, Ewuare II uniquely ascended the throne of his forefathers on his birthday, 20 October (2016), as the 40th Oba of Great Benin.

His Royal Majesty Oba Ewuare II was educated in Nigeria, the United Kingdom and the United States of America. Omo N’Oba Ewuare II started his academic career in the mid-60’s at primary and secondary schools in Benin City. His secondary education was temporarily interrupted by the Nigerian Civil War of 1966.

His Royal Majesty was then the grandson (first grandson) of His Royal Majesty Omo N’Oba Akenzua II, and was hence addressed as Prince Eheneden Akenzua. He commenced secondary school at Edo College, Benin City and finished at Immaculate Conception College (ICC), Benin City. The young prince went on to undertake his post-secondary education in London, England.

While His Royal Majesty was undertaking his undergraduate degree in the United Kingdom, tragedy struck and he was faced with a serious test of willpower as a young prince.

The challenge? His Royal Majesty lost his dearest and closest family member, his mother, just a year before his final exams.

Devastated, but nevertheless displaying strong willpower, he came home to Nigeria at a very young age, did what was necessary and went back to continue studying for his final exams to graduate in memory of his dear mother.

At the time of those exams, however, tragedy struck again. His Royal Majesty lost his maternal grandmother, who had been providing succour to him after the tragic loss of his mother just a year before.

Again, His Royal Majesty overcame this challenge, went on to complete his final exams and graduated with a good degree.

These two challenges strengthened the willpower of the young Prince Eheneden (now His Royal Majesty, Omo N’Oba Ewuare II) in no small measure, emboldening him to face many other challenges in life as he advanced through adulthood until the time he ascended the ancient throne of Benin on 20 October, 2016.

The young prince went on to the United States of America for his Master’s degree in Public Administration and received postgraduate training at the United Nations Headquarters in New York.

On his return to Nigeria, he went on to undertake the National Youth Service Scheme (NYSC), which he carried out at the Nigerian Institute of International Affairs (NIIA) in Lagos.

At the completion of his NYSC, he took the decision to venture into the corporate world, setting up several business ventures, rather going into the National Civil Service as his father had done.

He was, however, to later join the International Public Service when he served as Nigerian Ambassador to several countries.

In the short period during which he has reigned, he has reined in the Community Development Associations (CDAs) whose activities have resulted in land grabbing and crisis in many communities.

The prohibition of the illegal and menacing activities of CDAs, along with the use of customary arbitration rather than that of the previous Panels System in the Palace, sent a clear signal that the Omo N’Oba was serious in putting the shattered customary adjudication system in the Kingdom of Benin back together very quickly, in order to address the numerous disputes that are brought to the Palace.

Banning the use of the panels, which have been notoriously abused and used to intimidate, extort and compromise justice and fairness in matters of dispute resolution in the palace of the Oba of Benin, was another positive bold step that in no small measure restored peace and sanity to the Kingdom.

Oba Ewuare II is also a great advocate of agricultural development, arts and culture, which have the capability of creating much-needed employment opportunities for young people and furthering the cause of peace in the land.

A few weeks before the 2015 general election, his Royal Majesty Oba Ewuare II issued a statement to debunk the mischievous claim by certain politicians regarding palace endorsement of a certain candidate. His statement clarified the issues raised by the politicians and asserted the non-partisan position of the Crown.

Like his forefathers, the monarch is fearless, and a seasoned diplomat.

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