THE PRESIDENT AND ENTIRE MEMBERS OF
EDO GLOBAL ORGANIZATION
HIS ROYAL HIGHNESS EDAIKEN N’USELU, PRINCE EHENEDEN EREDIAUWA; THE ENTIRE MEMBERS OF THE BENIN ROYAL FAMILY, THE ENIGIES & ALL EDO PEOPLE AT HOME AND IN THE DIASPORA AS OUR MOST REVERED ROYAL MAJESTY, OMO N’OBA N’ EDO, UKU AKPOLOKPOLO OBA EREDIAUWA, CFR JOINED HIS ANCESTORS.
HIS ROYAL MAJESTY, OMO N’OBA N’ EDO, UKU AKPOLOKPOLO OBA EREDIAUWA, CFR
We join The Royal Family and all Edo People to celebrate the life of our Royal Majesty Omo n’ Oba, Erediauwa after four scores and thirteen years on Mother Earth reigning as the 38th Oba of the ancient Kingdom of Benin and the traditional ruler of the Edo people in Edo State in Nigeria. He was born Prince Solomon Aisieokhuoba Igbinoghodua Akenzua and ascended the throne of his forebears taking the title Oba Erediuwa at the passing of his late father Oba ni Iso norho; Oba Akenzua 11 in March 1979. The name Erediauwa which is a shortened form of Erediauwa n’Edo was very significant as Ere was the third Oba of the ancient Benin Kingdom with a reign associated with peace and prosperity. That peace and prosperous reign was reincarnated during the period of Oba Erediauwa. The choice of that name was a harbinger of blessings and growth in all areas of human endeavour in seen in Benin Kingdom during his reign.
As Chief custodian of the ancient Benin customs and tradition, he led from the front like any visionary ruler, he was also very pragmatic emphasising the best in our culture and educating us on aspects that may be modernised. Like in the days of yore he awarded gifts and societal status to deserving Edo people to stimulate honourable work ethics, integrity and dignity in labour and productivity whilst maintaining the critical aspects of our tradition and custom as a people.
Omo n’Oba attended our prestigious alma mater Edo College Benin City long before we were born from where he proceeded to Government College Ibadan, thereafter King’s College Lagos. He did his law degree at Cambridge University England where he specialised in administration.
He returned to Nigeria and joined the civil service in Eastern Region of Nigeria as District Officer. He progressed through the ranks to reach the exalted position of a Federal Permanent Secretary in the Federal Ministry of Health from where he retired in 1973.
He wore so many hats including as a Finance commissioner in Bendel State, Regional Representative of Gulf Oil Company, Grand Patron of Edo College Old Boys Association (ECOBA) etc and Edaiken n’Uselu in keeping with the tradition of preparation and subsequent ascension to the throne by the principles of primogeniture system; ‘aisagbo rhio oba’ as the Oba is chosen by Almighty God before birth.
As we say in Benin, ‘Osorhue burun’ (Great Pillar of Chalk has broken), the home Leopard has finally slept, the mighty Eagle has soared beyond the clouds for ever. The rocky biceps have gone motionless. The beauty, elegance, splendour and royal tone of speech of our Omo n’Oba is no more.
He has joined Enikaro (his ancestors)
Umogun; Okhiendehia (We bid you farewell)
Oba ghator Okpere Ise.
Dr Stephen E O Ogbonmwan President Edo Global Organization
Mr R.Eboigbe Chairman Edo Global Organization Germany Chapter
Mr Ivan Osamuyimen Chairman Edo Global Organization Australia Chapter
Mr Osborne Ekhibise Chairman Edo Global Organization Canada Chapter
Mr Peter Ihaza Ex Chairman Edo Global Organization Canada
Mr David Ajayi Chairman Edo Global Organization Republic of Ireland Chapter
Dr Osamwonyi Edwin Igori Chairman Edo Global Organization Italy Chapter
Dr Joe Igunbor Chairman Edo Global Organization Ivory Coast Chapter
Mr Vosper Enoma Okungbowa Chairman Edo Global Organization Austria Chapter
Mr Charles Omorodion Chairman Edo Global Organization United Kingdom Chapter
Mrs Helyn Woghiren Chairperson Edo Global Organization USA Chapter
Mr Alex Igbineweka Guosa Language Evolutionist /Elder Edo Global Organization USA.
Mr Victor Osazuwa Chairman Edo Global Organization Royal Kingdom of Spain Chapter