Trip Down Memory Lane

Agan noma bie, ukpokpo fue oguega egbe
(When a woman is barren, the oracle will not rest)
~ Edo Proverb

High Priest Osemwegie Ebohon 

Trip Down Memory Lane

Omwan ne evbienren wiri to gha wewe
(The person who lost something will broadcast it)
~ Edo Proverb

High Priest Osemwengie Ebohon at one year anniversary of the tsunami in Japan with some Japanese national high priest, the Japanese Prime Minister was also present to pray March 2012 at Edo street

High Priest Osemwegie Ebohon

As the first son of Oba Akenzua II, Oba Erediauwa I inherited the throne and became the 38th oba of Benin in 1979. Educated as a lawyer at King’s College, Cambridge University, Prince Solomon Akenzua (as he was known at the time) embraced the modern world of government administration and politics upon his return to Benin.

Omo n'Oba n'Edo Uku Akpolokpolo Erediauwa

Oba Akenzua II holds the coral regalia of Oba Ovonramwen, which the British took in 1897 and returned in the mid- to late 1930s. Sir John Macpherson, governor-general of Nigeria, stands on the left.

Earl of Plymouth (right) visiting the oba of Benin, Oba Akenzua II

Alonge copied historic photographs by other photographers on glass plates to maintain an archival, visual record of significant persons and moments in the history of Benin.

Queen Ohan Akenzua, royal wife of Oba Akenzua II

The beginning of Oba Era 

Igue Festival

The Igue festival, which is a period for offering thanks to the gods for sparing their lives and to ask for blessings, is also used for offering sacrifices to some shrines in the palace. During this period, chieftaincy title holders display their Eben emblem in the Ugie dance as they appear in their traditional attire

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