Oba of Benin, Omo N’Oba Ewuare II performed Ugie-Otue (Oba’s rite) on Thursday in his palace in continuation of the traditional and spiritual activities at the on-going annual Igue festival.
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.
In recognition of their commitment and loyalty over the years, 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.
The ceremony embodied different palace groups – the “Ifiento’’ (palace warriors), “Ikpema’’ (Royal Drummers), the Emelhe (ancient royal praise singers) supply spiritual rendition in line with customs.
Report show that those that attended the ceremony adhered strictly to COVID-19 safety protocols