The Great Oba of Benin, Omo n’Oba n’Edo Uku Akpolokpolo Erediauwa I, has joined his ancestors.
He died at 93.
His death was announced by the Iyase of Benin Kingdom, Chief Sam Igbe.
It was also confirmed by the governor of Edo State, Adams Oshiomhole in a statement.
“Our hearts are heavy, laden with pains and grief, at the announcement of the passing on to glory of Omo n’Oba n’Edo Uku Akpolokpolo, Oba Erediauwa of Benin, our highly revered Oba.”
He described the late monarch as” a distinguished Edo numero uno, an accomplished Nigerian, a seasoned bureaucrat, quintessential unifier, unique personage and exemplary Omo N’Oba, whose reign brought distinction, immense class, finesse and integrity to traditional institution in Edo state and the country at large.”
The late monarch has been battling an unknown illness since last year.
Erediauwa was the 38th Oba of Benin, traditional ruler of the Edo people in Benin City, Nigeria.
Before being crowned, he was known as Prince Solomon, Aiseokhuoba, Igbinoghodua Akenzua. He attended Edo College, Benin City, Government College, Ibadan then Yaba College, before going to King’s College, Cambridge to study Law and Administration. He joined the Eastern Nigeria Civil Service in 1957 as a District Officer, later moving to the Federal Civil Service where he retired as Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Health in 1973.
For a short period he was the regional representative of Gulf Oil. In 1975 he was appointed Commissioner for Finance in Bendel State during the Military Administration of Major-General George Agbazika Innih.