Today marks the third coronation of the Oba of Benin Kingdom Eheneden Erediauwa Omo N’Oba Ewuare II, Ogidigan, Uku Akpolokpolo and tweeps are celebrating the royalty as they came out en masse, serenading the monarch with words of his goodwill.
Born on October 20th, Ewuare II as he is mostly known as was crowned on his 63rd birthday as the 40th Oba of Benin Empire. He attended Edo College in Benin from 1965 to 1967 and Immaculate Conception College from 1968 to 1970. He got his A-Level Certificate from South Thames College, London and graduated with an Economics degree from the University of Wales, UK. He also holds a Master of Public Administration degree from Rutgers University Graduate School, New Jersey, USA. On career and work experience, the Oba worked at the United Nations between 1981 and 1982 and also served as Nigeria’s Ambassador to Angola and Sweden, with accreditation to Norway, Denmark and the Republic of Finland. He was also Nigeria’s Ambassador to Italy. Read also: Travel: Ancient Kingdom Of Benin, 8 Taboos You Must Know When You Visit The Oba’s Palace
He celebrated the first anniversary with great participation by the local populace as well as several officials, politicians, and visitors from other parts of Nigeria such as Lagos, Calabar, and Jos. The Sokoto Sultanate Council and Ile-Ife’s royal family also sent representatives to take part in the celebrations.