The Edo State Government has declared October 20 as public holiday in celebration of the coronation of the new Oba of Benin, Crown Prince Eheneden Erediauwa.
Prof. Julius Ihonvbere, the Secretary to the State Government, said in a statement on Tuesday in Benin that the public holiday is in honour of Erediauwa, who will be crowned the 39th Oba of Benin.
According to the statement, the public holiday would ensure a hitch-free coronation and give the Edo people the opportunity to partake in the historic installation of the new Oba of Benin.
Events leading to the coronation ceremony commenced on October 8 and the state capital had been agog with preparations and activities for the coronation.
History has it that the title of Oba in the Benin Empire was created by Oba Eweka I, the Benin Empire’s first ‘Oba’, said to have ascended power between 1180 and 1300.
The Oba of Benin, then, was the Head of State (Emperor) of the Benin Empire untill the British annexed the Empire in 1897.