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.