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Oba of Benin performs Ugie-Otue Oba traditional rites



In continuation of the traditional and spiritual activities at the on-going annual Igue festival, Oba of Benin, Omo N’Oba Ewuare II performed Ugie-Otue (Oba’s rite) on Thursday in his palace.

Ugie Otue (Oba ceremony) is a rite which offers immense opportunities for various categories of palace chiefs, functionaries, and different guilds to pay homage and declare unalloyed allegiance to the Oba.

Significantly, the rite also allows palace chiefs and functionaries, according to their endowments or hierarchical order to get kolanuts gifts from the Oba in recognition of their commitment and loyalty over the years.

Thursday’s ceremony saw display of different palace groups – the “Ifiento’’ (palace warriors), “Ikpema’’ (Royal Drummers), the Emelhe (ancient royal praise singers) supply spiritual rendition in line with customs.

It was reported that those in attendance adhered strictly to COVID-19 safety protocols.

Imelda Osayande

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