7 things you didn’t know about the Oba of Benin that will shock you

The new Oba of Benin, Omo n’Oba n’Edo Uku Akpolokpolo, Oba Ewuare II was crowned and handed the staff of office by the Governor of Edo state in 2016.

We present to you 7 amazing things you should know about the new Oba, previously referred to as Prince Eheneden Erediauwa.

1.) He was born on October 20, 1953. Coincidentally, he was officially presented with the staff of office as Oba of Benin on his 63rd birthday on 20th October, 2016

2.) He attended the famous Edo College in Benin from 1965 to 1967 and also bagged a degree in Economics and Sociology from University of Wales, UK.

3.) He has served as Nigeria’s Ambassador to many countries including: Norway, Angola, Sweden e.t.c

4.) He is an astute business man with several interests in the petroleum, agro-allied and construction industries. He is the founder of South Point Royal School, Benin, and the non-governmental organisation, Benin Royal Dynasty Trust.

5.) Oba Eheneden is married to three wives: Princess Iroghama ( Obazuaye N’erie), Princess Iyayiota ( Obazuwa N’erie) and Princess Ikpakpa (ohe N’erie).

6.) He was widely reported to be the 39th Oba of Benin but he dismissed this after he officially recognised Oronmiyan, the founder of the yourba race, as the first Oba of Benin. Thereby making him the 40th Oba.

7.) He was recently blessed with a son named Prince Igbinosa Erediauwa