AS NEW OBA OF BENIN ASCENDS THE THRONE TODAY, THURSDAY, The DEFENDER GREETS NIGERIA’S MOST CULTURED KINGDOM, PEOPLE

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*Prince Ehenede Erediauwa.

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His Royal Highness Crown Prince (Amb.) Eheneden Erediauwa, Edaiken N’ Uselu, is the eldest son of His Royal Majesty, Omo N’ Oba Erediauwa, Uku Akpolokpolo, (the translated) Oba of Benin, the possessor and custodian of this unbridled heritage which had gone way back into thousands of years.

Born in 1953, Crown Prince Eheneden Erediauwa, is a former Nigerian Ambassador to the Kingdoms of Sweden, Norway and Denmark; the Republics of Finland and Angola. He also served in Rome, Italy and Albania.

His Royal Highness attended Edo College, Benin City, from 1965 to 1967, and Immaculate Conception Collage (I.C.C), Benin City, from 1968 to 1970, where he obtained his Secondary School Leaving Certificate.

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After obtaining his Secondary School Leaving Certificate in 1970, His Royal Highness proceeded to England, and studied from 1971 to 1972, at South Thames College, South West London, for the General Certificate for Education (G.C.E. Advance Level).

As a result of the Crown Prince’s love for education, he quickly applied for tertiary education and secured admission to study at the University of Wales, Cardiff, Wales, United Kingdom, in 1973, and graduated with a Bachelors of Science degree in Economics (B.Sc. Econ.) in June, 1977.

His Royal Highness Crown Prince (Amb.) Eheneden Erediauwa, Edaiken N’Uselu, did not just stop at acquiring a first degree from the University OF WALES because of his quest for knowledge, this time around, he relocated to another continent of the world, America, in 1979, where he studied and obtained a Masters Degree in Public Administration (MPA) at Rutgers Graduate School, New York, New Jersey, U.S.A., from 1979 to 1981.

It may interest you to know that His Royal Highness also enrolled for a Doctorate degree in International Administration at the University of London, United Kingdom, but had to suspend his thesis due to family commitments.

Worthy of note about this well read and outstanding Crown Prince of one of the world’s greatest and oldest kingdoms on earth, is that, he also served the compulsory one year National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), at the Nigerian Institute of International Affairs (NIIA), Lagos, in which he is currently a member; and participated in the Graduate Internship at the United Nations Headquarters in New York, U.S.A., as part of A post graduate training in international administration.

Since 1987, His Royal Highness Crown Prince (Amb.) Eheneden Erediauwa, Edaiken N’ Uselu, has been active in leading positions within the Nigerian business community, especially in the oil and gas industry, and prior to his diplomatic assignments as Nigerian Ambassador to the Kingdoms of Sweden, Norway, Denmark, as well as Republic of Finland, Angola, Italy and Albania, served on the Board of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) and many other Company Boards.

Based on the foregoing, it is very clear that this new Oba of Benin is well armed with education and experience to take his kingdom and the entire people of Edo state to enviable heights. Without any iota of doubt, this marks a new dawn in Benin Kingdom.

As he ascends this highly revered throne of his forefathers, The DEFENDER, Nigeria’s media in defence of the truth and national integrity, wishes the new symbol of the Benin customs and traditions, long life in good health and a reign full of happiness and peace.


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