The rites for the ascension of the new Oba of Benin, Ehenende Erediauwa, began yesterday, after he left Eguae Edaiken (Uselu) for Oredo.
The 70th ruler of Benin Kingdom from Ogiso and the 30th Oba of Benin in the second millennium stopped at Sacred Palm Tree (Udin), from where he proceeded to Iya-Akpan where Uselu chiefs took leave of him and Oredo chiefs took over.
He will remain in Eko-Ohae until Monday. A statement from the palace said the rites continue tomorrow.
According to the programme, today, the Edaiken will leave Eko-Ohae for Usama Palace where the coronation rituals would continue.
On October 18, the Edaiken will go to Use village for the major ceremony of choosing a name and returns to Usama,
The statement added that while October 19 is rest day, on October 20, the Edaiken would leave Usama for Benin; goes through Isekherhe to Urho-Okpota and coronation ceremony at Urho-Okpota.
On October 23 is Omo N’Oba’s thanksgiving worship at Holy Aruosa.