As the 15-day funeral rites of Oba Erediauwa, the Oba of Benin continues, the crown prince of Benin Kingdom and Edaiken N’Uselu, Prince Eheneden Erediauwa, on Sunday led his siblings to perform the Izakhue rites according to Bini customs.
The ceremony involved the entertainment of guests and performance of some sacrifices at the shrine of Ugha Ozolua. The animals slaughtered at the shrine included a cow, chicken and a goat. There were several musical performances and cultural displays at the Oba Palace.
Members of the Isiemwenro Guild (“the big ants that sting the Oba’s enemies”) wore black and danced with their traditional weapons. The crown prince first performed some dance steps to a funeral song by the Isiemwenro guild when he arrived at the palace. He wore a hat decorated with beads on a white shirt and a white wrapper.
He was led to the altar of Oba Ozolua by members of the Royal Iwebo House.
After prayers were offered and the animals slaughtered, the event climaxed with a dance procession to the Emotan Shrine and other shrines. There was traffic snarl on the roads as the dance procession moved through designated route.
Vehicles were asked to switch off their headlights while traders were also asked to put out their lamps.