The Benin Traditional Council has banned all burial ceremonies in the kingdom till January 2017, following the crowning of the new Oba of Benin on Thursday, October 20, 2016.
In a statement released on October 2, the Benin Traditional Council stated that the post-coronation ceremonies of His Royal Majesty, Omo N’Oba N’Edo, Uku Akpolopkolo, Oba Erediauwa, Oba of Benin, is still ongoing until December ending.
The new monarch was crowned as the 39th Oba of Benin kingdom in a colourful ceremony on Thursday, October 20, 2016.
Ahead of the coronation ceremonies of Oba Ewuare II, prohibition was placed on burial activities in the kingdom untill further notice.
The Oba of Benin is the traditional ruler of the Edo people and head of the historic Eweka dynasty of the Great Benin Empire.
In following developments, a family in Benin have incurred the wrath of the newly crowned Oba Ewuare II, for planning the burial ceremony of their father.
The family of Uhunmwangho from Isi village in Uhunmwode Local Government area of Edo state were dragged to the palace of the new Oba of Benin for organizing burial ceremonies of their father when the ban on burial ceremonies was still in force for the Oba coronation.
Some chiefs from the Oba’s palace, soon after all was set for the social dance for the burial ceremonies at Iguodala Primary School in Benin City, stormed the venue and tied ‘Umehe’ leaves on the food, drinks and canopies.
The ‘Umenhe’ leaves is a message of no trespass from the Oba. Some members of the family were arrested and taken to the palace while the musician engaged to provide entertainment was also dragged to the palace.
As penalty for their sin, the family will have to pay some fine and postpone the burial in order to cleanse the lands and save the family.