The Crown Prince of Benin Kingdom, Prince Eheneden Erediauwa, on Sunday left Evuekoi for Azama N’ Uhe ancestral shrine at Oloton’s Palace in Isekhere Street, Benin, to perform traditional rites. Earlier, the prince had engaged in a mock wrestling match, which symbolised ‘wrestling’ with the Chief Priest of Okhuaihe shrine, Osarodion Usuanlele, the Ohen N’ Ukoni Neyedo. The Okhuaihe shrine is located in Evbuekoi in Uhunwode Local Government Area of the state. After the symbolic wrestling match, both of them went opposite ways never to see each other again once the crown prince becomes the Oba. Okhuaihe Chief Priest would not enter the city of Benin again and whenever the Oba wants to pass through the vicinity, the chief priest would leave the area completely. The crown princeVISITED the chief priest and both of them proceeded to the sacred forest in the community to perform some rites. The crown prince will be installed Oba on Thursday.
Otunba Sayo Akintola is a 1992 graduate of Linguistics from the University of Ibadan, Oyo State. He holds a post-graduate diploma in Financial Management and MBA from Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University, Bauchi. He started his 12-year sojourn in journalism at the Nigerian Tribune in 1993 as Business and Economy reporter. He rose through the ranks to become the Group Business Editor of the nation’s oldest surviving private national newspaper, the Nigerian Tribune. He set up World Street Journal magazine in 2018.