Erediauwa, Nigerian traditional royal, Died at 92

Erediauwa was born on June 22, 1923, and died in April 2016.

He was the 38th Oba of Benin, traditional ruler of the Edo people in Benin City, Edo State, Nigeria.

He was formerly known as Prince Solomon Akenzua, Oba Erediauwa’s full title was His Royal Majesty Omo n’Oba n’Edo Uku Akpolokpolo Erediauwa I.

Oba Erediauwa took on the title and duties as traditional head of state and rightful heir of the extinct Benin Empire when he was crowned, succeeding his father, Oba Akenzua II, in a ceremony held in Benin City, Nigeria. in 1979.

As he took the throne on March 23, 1979, Erediauwa celebrated his 30th anniversary in 2009.

Under his leadership, he acted several times as a peacemaker between politicians.

He has intervened in a dispute between Abia State governor Orji Uzor Kalu and Tony Anenih, Chairman of the People’s Democratic Party Board of Trustees, and resolved another face-off involving Anenih and former Edo State Governor Lucky Igbinedion.

Erediauwa passed away at 92 years old.