Following the crowning of the new Oba of Benin on Thursday, October 20, 2016, all burial ceremonies in the Kingdom have been banned by the Benin Traditional Council till January 2017.
The Benin Traditional Council released a statement on October 26 stating that the post coronation ceremonies of His Royal Majesty, Omo N’Oba N’Edo, Uku Akpolopkolo, Oba Erediauwa, Oba of Benin, is still ongoing till December ending.
The Oba of Benin is the traditional ruler of the Edo people and head of the historic Eweka dynasty of the Great Benin Empire.
The ancient Benin Kingdom and the entire Edo State was in festive mood recently, as the crown prince ascended the revered throne to become the new Oba of Benin, succeeding his late father, Omo n’Oba n’Edo Uku Akpolopkolo, Oba Erediauwa.
The new monarch was crowned as the 39th Oba of Benin kingdom in a colourful ceremony on Thursday October 20, 2016.
He is a graduate of University of Wales in the United Kingdom, and a former Nigerian ambassador to Sweden and Angola.
Below is a statement from the palace banning all burial ceremonies: