Governor Obaseki At Igue 2019 Festival

Governor Obaseki & The Crown Prince
Governor Obaseki, His Deputy & The Crown Prince
Governor Obaseki Paying Respect To The Oba Of Benin Kingdom

Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Nogheghase Obasaki and his deputy, Rt. Hon. Comrade Philip Shaibu, paying respect to the Oba of Benin Kingdom, His Royal Majesty, OMO N’OBA N’EDO UKU AKPOLOKPOLO, OBA EWUARE II, as part of special activities marking the UGIE EWERE Ceremony at the Palace of the Oba of Benin. Also captured in the photo is the Crown Prince of Benin Kingdom, Prince Ezelekhae Ewuare..

It is important to note that the UGIE EWERE Ceremony, which is a part of the high Igue Festival, is celebrated annually. It is an occasion where the Oba receives the Ewere Leaf, which signifies Blessing and Peace in the Kingdom.

Furthermore, it is also paramount to know the origin of the Ewere Festival, just in brief. The origin of the Ewere Festival has been traced to Oba EWUARE (1440 A. D), when Oba EWUARE was still Prince of Ogun and was haunted by the Binis, he fled to a Bush on the way to Igogogin. He was nearly caught there, but for the stray movement of some leaves which indicated that the Benin warriors were still around. These leaves, he later called (Ebe-Ewere) the leaves of good luck….

Oba gha tor kpere. Isee..