Oba Ewuare ll N’Ogidigan ascended the revered throne of his ancestors to become the 40th Oba of Benin, succeeding his late father, Omo n’Oba n’Edo Uku Akpolopkolo, Oba Erediauwa..
Does Oba of Benin travel?
The visit is historical because history has it that Oba of Benin does not travel out of his territory/domain
Why does the Oba of Benin wear red?
It is a taboo for the Oba to set his eyes on the colour black. The colour red is not allowed near the Oba’s palace at all. Hence, palm kernel in its fruit form, which is as red as blood is considered a bad omen when seen around or in the Oba’s palace.
How many wives does the Oba of Benin have?
The King/Oba Ewuare (II) & His Beautiful 5 Wives (Rich Culture)
Does Oba of Benin leave his palace?
According to a popular saying in Benin kingdom: “Oba no dey go transfer,” which simply means that Oba of Benin rarely leaves his palace where he sees to the day-to-day running of his kingdom. That is why Benin monarchs hardly go around.
Can the Oba of Benin see his first son?
Erediauwa. The Crown Prince of Benin Kingdom, Ambassador Eheneden Erediauwa has revealed that although it is widely said that the Oba’s eldest son does not see his father and are far apart, he is the first Crown Prince in the history of Benin Kingdom reputed to been so close to his father.
Why does Oba of Benin cover his mouth?
(1) The Oba usually covers his mouth because when he talks he is the supreme authority and whatever he says is final.
(2) People talk on his behalf most of the time and whatever they proclaim becomes the law with immediate effect.
(3) His wives covered their mouths as a sign of submission.
How do you greet an Oba of Benin?
For instance, it is the tradition that everyone must kneel down to greet and address the Oba of Benin by chanting, ‘Oba ghato kpere ise’ meaning, ‘Long may you reign; our king, amen’. There is no exception to this rule, except with some other royal majesties across the world.
Consequences of daring the Oba
One unique thing about Oba Ewuare 11 is that despite the fact that he was a diplomat before ascending the throne, he has deepened the customs and traditions of Benin Kingdom to the admiration of many, particularly his chiefs.
Any of the chiefs who is not well dressed and tries to turn tradition upside down does not escape the wrath of the Oba. Before now, they were some top Benin chiefs described as untouchables and would not attend palace meetings.
They have all sat up. A particular powerful chief of the kingdom who has incurred the wrath of Oba Ewuare 11 is Chief Nosakhare Isekhure, the Isekhure. He was accused by the palace of abandoning his duties as the Chief Priest of the Oba. His palace was brought down while the Oba’s shrine was secured. S
ome persons who tried to flout the law banning CDAs were equally not spared. Some were made to sweep the palace for months as punishment while some were prosecuted.
Rules that must be obeyed In order to sensitive the people against falling foul of the laws of the palace, the Benin Traditional Council issued the following statement:
The Omo N’Oba N’Edo Uku Akpolokpolo, Oba of Benin, is the paramount traditional ruler in Edo State.
The Oba of Benin remains the permanent Chairman of the Edo State Council of Traditional Rulers and Chiefs. This position was vested on the Oba permanently, in recognition of the fact that the Oba of Benin is both Spiritual and Administrative Head of Traditional Institutions in Benin Kingdom in particular and Edo State in general.
In Benin Kingdom, there is only one Monarch that is, the Omo N’Oba N’Edo Uku Akpolokpolo, the Oba of Benin. There are Enigie, Igie-Ohen, Edionwere and Ikao who are either dukes or heads of the various villages in Benin Kingdom. All of them are under the authority of the Oba of Benin Kingdom. The Enigie, Igie-Ohen, Ikao, Chiefs and Edionwere in Benin Kingdom pay obeisance to the Oba of Benin, and they revered the Monarch to the highest level.
All sons and daughters of Benin extraction irrespective of social, economic and political status in the society are under obligation to respect, dignify and pay unalloyed homage to the Oba.
The reason why this is so is not far-fetched. Historically, the Omo N’Oba N’Edo Uku Akpolokpolo, is God’s representative on earth, which means that the Oba is both a traditional ruler and spiritual leader of the people.
That of course explains why anyone coming into the presence of the Oba, especially when the Oba is on the throne, must greet the Oba in the most acceptable manner as prescribed by Benin custom and tradition. For instance, it is the tradition that everyone must kneel down to greet and address the Oba of Benin by chanting, ‘Oba ghato kpere ise’ meaning, ‘Long may you reign; our king, amen’. There is no exception to this rule, except with some other royal majesties across the world. Even members of the royal family greet and respect the Oba in the same manner.
Furthermore, culture and tradition are the ways and beliefs of the people, and it is the way a particular tribe, race or ethnic group is known, it represents their identity, and symbol of unity. The Oba of Benin is the custodian of the rich culture and tradition of Benin people.
In other words, the Oba of Benin helps to promote, propagate, and preserve the culture and tradition of the people of the Kingdom. On the other hand, the people in turn protect the image of the Oba of Benin and preserve the sanctity of the Palace and the revered throne of the Monarch at all times.
Any attempt for anyone or group of persons to disrespect the Oba is viewed as sacrilegious and abomination which is forbidden and highly detestable by the people, while such a person or persons will be regarded as “Okhion-Oba” that is, an enemy of the Oba. Such an individual usually incur the wrath of the ancestors.
Since the coronation of the 40th Oba of Benin, His Royal Majesty, Oba Ewuare II, Ogidigan, a lot of transformation have taken place in the traditional administration of Benin Kingdom, which has brought sanity to many villages and towns in the Kingdom.