Oba of Benin dies

Oba of BeninThe Oba of Benin, Omo n’Oba n’Edo Uku Akpolokpolo, Oba Erediauwa, is dead.

His death was announced by the governor of Edo State, Adams Oshiomhole in a statement.

“Our hearts are heavy, laden with pains and grief, at the announcement of the passing on to glory of Omo n’Oba n’Edo Uku Akpolokpolo, Oba Erediauwa of Benin, our highly revered Oba,” Oshiomhole said.

The Governor described the late Oba as” a distinguished Edo numero uno, an accomplished Nigerian, a seasoned bureaucrat, quintessential unifier, unique personage and exemplary Omo N’Oba, whose reign brought distinction, immense class, finesse and integrity to traditional institution in Edo state and the country at large.”

“To us at the Edo state Government, he was our strongest supporter; both in his uncommon faith in our ability and his readiness to offer uncommon advice to sharpen public discourse in our shared commitment to transform Edo state. It gladdens our heart, therefore, that our revered Oba was alive to witness the positive transformation of Edo state under his reign, and for standing with us through thick and thin in the course of making the Edo economy a treasure to behold. Being part of that eloquent history of transformation before his reunion with his ancestors gives us further reassurance that he will occupy a special pride of place in the hereafter.

“We are enveloped with a deep sense of nostalgia that our great Oba, a great-grandfather, grandfather, father, uncle and iconoclastic royal father of exemplary carriage and conduct, who sustained the dignity of the average Edo mind, has joined his ancestors. We are, however, encouraged by the fact that another great son of the Great Benin Kingdom, His Royal Highness, Edaiken N’Uselu, Crown Prince Eheneden Erediauwa, who is already showing manifest quintessential attributes of his great father, will step into his father’s big shoes.

“Edo people will miss our iconoclastic royal father of the great Benin Kingdom. Nigerians and Nigeria will miss this great exemplar of a Royal Father, an Oba of distinction and integrity. Adieu until we meet to part no more.”



10 Comments
  • kojasowo

    R.I.P

  • Nuel

    RIP

  • Certainly Naija

    Oba Oghedo. Umogun. The pride of Edo People. May your soul rest in perfect peace my great King….

  • bobo

    Rest in peace.

  • vic

    MR NEWSPAPER, HOW OLD WAS THE KING OF BENIN??? MAY HIS SOUL BE BLESSED.

    • Austin_77478

      According to Wikipedia: (June 22, 1923–April 29, 2016).

      • vic

        Thank you Austin.

  • Mazi JO

    He was a visionary Royal. He knew what he wanted his Monarch to look like and never wavered from its peace. Like the ancient ancestors of his, he lived above the Politics of his Kingdom. A respect always forgotten in many regal exercises in the royal outposts in our clime. Many condolences to his throne. An excellent son, a well rounded Prince and the Peoples’ OBA who knew what it takes to lead within the context of our Nation. Rest in the Lord, the great one!

  • Richard Emamezi

    He was a great king, no doubt. Adieu

  • Iskacountryman

    who is oshiomole to announce the death of suleiman?…may allah grant him aljannah firdaus…

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