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Oba Ewuare II of Benin, Concludes First Public Performance For Ugie-Ododuwa Ceremony

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Oba Ewuare II of Benin, , on Tuesday concluded the first public performance of the Ugie-Ododuwa ceremony at the sacred Ugha-Ehengbuda axis of the palace ground in Benin.

The “outdoor spiritual ceremony” started on the 4th of May, it attracted many people, especially the youths. The climax of the ceremony was when the Oba joined seven masqueraders in their stylish dance steps, as the Ogbelaka Royal drummers rendered spiritual incantations.

Mr. Victor Ogiemwanre, the Oba’s acting Chief Press Secretary,  noted that the ceremony is in commemoration of the return of Oranmiyan, the son of Ododuwa, to his ancestral land of Benin.

Ogiemwanre said the ceremony is also used to thank God, ancestors as well as ‘spirits’ of the community for Oba Ewuare’s successful ascension to the throne of his forbearers.

“The spiritual rites started during the reign of Oba Esigie at about 1504 AD lasts for 14 days.

“The first seven days are indoor activities, while the last seven days are outdoors, where the seven masqueraders all play significant roles.

“The masqueraders danced to the spiritual renditions by the Ogbelaka Royal drummers, offering prayers,” he said.

According to him, the ceremony has many benefits, as it also “purifies and sanctifies” the community.

Ogiemwanre said the ceremony also wards off evil, hostility, war, and famine, untimely deaths while ushering in peace, tranquility, fertility, progress, and development.

NAN reports that the ceremony is one of the greatest ceremonies in the Benin kingdom and is not celebrated like other regular ceremonies.

The seven masquerades which represent deities, dance and pray for the well-being of the Oba, development, among others, from the first day to the last day of the ceremony.

In attendance at this year’s ceremony were the wives of the Oba, palace chiefs, and other titled chiefs.

Speaker, Edo House of Assembly, Mr. Marcus Onobun, and a former deputy governor of the Edo, Mr. Pius Odubu, amongst others.

Credit: West African Pilot

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