Following the announcement of demise of Oba of Benin, Omo n’Oba n’Edo Uku Akpolokpolo, Oba Erediauwa, the men in the Benin metropolis in Edo State have begun the shaving of their heads in honour of the late Oba.
The demise of the monarch was announced on Friday with the breaking of a native chalk by the Iyase of Benin Kingdom, Chief Sam Igbe.
Part of the mourning rites to be observed by Benin sons include the shaving of heads and the closure of markets in the seven local government areas that make up the Benin Kingdom.
Major markets were shut. Many traders were seen selling their wares on walkways at the Oba and New Benin markets.