EBOJELE AKHERE PATRICK, Benin
Saturday,the 12th day of March 2016, will forever remain a memorable day in the minds of the people of Edo state particularly in the minds of every sons and daughters in Bini kingdom.
Residents in Benin city and its environ including women groups,youths,artisans, politicians and top government officials, led by Gov. Adams Oshiomhole, and his deputy,Dr Pius Odubu defied the scorching sun to await the arrival of Crown Prince Eheneden Erediauwa.
The event attracted a large crowd of people, including journalists who had converged on his private residence, GRA,Benin City in the early hours of the morning to catch a glimpse of the Crown Prince.
This is because the Benin Crown Prince, Eheneden Erediauwa, was been formally installed as the Edaiken of Uselu after the successful completion of the mandatory traditional rites.
The Edaiken of Uselu is expected to go through some traditional rites before he assumed the traditional stool of Edaiken of Uselu.
As the Edaiken of Uselu, the heir apparent to the Benin traditional stool is expected to be in Uselu, which will become his temporal place for 90 days.
It would recalled that heir-apparent to the Benin throne, was on Tuesday, October 6, 2016, formally initiated into the Royal Palace Chamber of Iwebo in conformity with the Bini custom
The event witnessed,several palace chiefs dressed in different regalia to indicate their society, women groups adorned in Benin traditional attire, drummers, entertainers, youths, visitors, and palace chiefs.
Shops and other business outlets were also shut as a mark of honour and solidarity with the crowned prince.
The Oba Market and some streets as well as roads housing some traditional shrines were cordon-off by security personnel and manned by colourfully-dressed palace chiefs.
The journey to Uselu started from his private residence in the GRA on a convoy drive in company of some first Class Benin Chiefs and combined security team to the Oba palace at about 2 p.m.
Prince Eheneden, clad in white and red traditional regalia with a pair of dark glasses, immediately after his arrival, had a brief consultation with the palace chiefs.
This was followed by the performance of traditional rites at the palace.
At about 4pm, the Crown Prince walked about 4 kilometers amidst dancing and singing from various groups accompanied by the state governor, Comrade Oshiomhole, his deputy, Mr Pius Odubu and other top government officials and palace chiefs to Edaiken palace in Uselu,in Egor Local government area of the state.
There was also a brief traditional rites performed at the Moat before the Five junction before the Crown Prince on arrival was received by Uselu chiefs.
A palace chief told our correspondent that the Edaiken is groomed in the art of governance in form and practice at Uselu.
He normally has his own sets of chiefs and his administration at Uselu is a replica of what is in Benin City.
Edaiken is once of the Uzama who belong generally to the group of Chiefs usually referred to as kingmakers but in actual sense they officiate at the crowning ceremony of a new Oba. In Benin parlance, kings are born and not made.
This is a precursor to assuming the title of the Oba of Benin.