The coronation of the Crown Prince of Benin Kingdom, Prince Eheneden Erediauwa slated for September 26, 2016 has been postponed to October 20, 2016.
Announcing the postponement on Wednesday September 21, 2016 by the Benin Traditional Council, the chairman of the Coronation Planning Committee, Gregory Akenzua said that the change in date was sequel to the state governorship election rescheduled for September 28 by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
Said he: “The change of date is sequel to the announcement by the Independent National Electoral Commission [INEC] that they have changed the date of the Edo Gubernatorial election which was originally Sept. 10 to Sept. 28, 2016.
“As a result of this change, Benin Crown Prince will now depart finally from Uselu palace for Eko-Ohae on Oct. 8, 2016. And he will perform some important ceremonies connected with coronation every day for seven to 10 days prior to the day of his final departure from Uselu.”
Born in 1953 to the family of late Oba Akpolokpolo Erediauwa, the Crown Prince will become the 39th Oba of Benin kingdom upon his coronation. He is the eldest son of the late Oba of Benin.
Crown Prince Eheneden Erediauwa had his early education in Edo College, Benin City, Immaculate Conception College, Benin City and from there he proceeded to the South Thames College, South West London, where he obtained his Advanced Level General Certificate of Education (GCE) Advanced level.
He obtained a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in Economics and Sociology from the University College, University of Wales, Cardiff and a Master of Public Administration (MPA) degree from the prestigious Rutgers University Graduate School of Public Administration, Newark, New Jersey, USA.
The Crown Prince had one year post graduate training in International Administration and an additional one year as Graduate Internship at the United Nations Headquarters, New York. He served the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) at the Nigerian Institute of International Affairs (NIIA), Victoria Island, Lagos. He is a member of the Nigerian Institute of International Affairs.
He was appointed the Nigerian Ambassador to the Kingdom of Sweden with concurrent accreditation to the Kingdoms of Norway and Denmark, and the Republic of Finland; Nigerian Ambassador to the Republic of Angola and Nigerian Ambassador to Rome, Italy with concurrent accreditation to the Republic of Albania. He had served on the board of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), including boards of several other companies.
The Crown Prince is married to three wives namely, Princess Iroghama ( Obazuaye N’erie), Princess Iyayiota ( Obazuwa N’erie) and Princess Ikpakpa (ohe N’erie).