New king to be crowned in Nigeria

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The new monarch of the ancient kingdom of Benin will be crowned at a ceremony steeped in tradition in Nigeria’s southern Benin city.

Eheneden Erediauwa will ascend to the 186-year throne following the death of his father, Erediauwa I, in April.

He will be coronated as the 39th monarch of a kingdom that was powerful in pre-colonial times.

His father will be buried in the next few months, as tradition prohibits his funeral before a new king ascends to the throne.

As you’d expect, the story is being extensively covered in the Nigerian press, including in the This Day newspaper:

People in Benin state

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