After 12 years tussle: Benin Monarch installs 8th Enogie of Uzala
By Abavo Kingsley, Benin
30th January, 2018 marks a milestone in thejourney of His Royal Highness Godwin Aifekohian Igbinosun to the royal seat of Enogieship (Duke Ship) of Uzala Dukedom, Uhunmwode Local Government Council Area of Edo State.
It was a day the Benin Monarch, HRM Oba Ewuare II pronounced him as the rightful person to the seat, and on the 17th March, 2018 officially he was installed thus opening a new chapter in the history books of Uzala Dukedom; and indeed, Benin Kingdom.
The installation held in Uzala on Saturday, 17 March, 2018 on the authority of HRM Oba Ewuare II and was superintended by the Chairman, Association of Enigie in Benin Kingdom, HRH Edomwonuyi Iduoze Igieduma, the Enogie of Ogiegbaen, Siluko Road.
The event attracted a huge crowd of natives, friends, and well wishers from near and far officially marking the end of HRH Godwin Aifekohian Igbinosun’s tortuous journey to the royal seat; which was said spanned over 11 years.
The Enogie younger brother; Monday Aifekohian, a retired senior police officer had struggled the seat with him going through seemingly endless legal tussle before HRM Oba Ewuare II finally settled it all in his favour, being the eldest male child in the family, it was said.
In an interview with our correspondent at the event, the Enogie of Egbaen, Siluko road, HRH Edomwonuyi Iduoze Igieduma expressing his impression about the installation of HRH Igbinosun as Enogie of Uzala said; “it was a great one”.
He described it as a landmark in the annals of Uzala Dukedom, and Benin Kingdom in general.
Enogie Edomwonuyi commends the Oba for what he noted as his commitment to up – holding the tradition and culture of the Edo people and now evidenced in his forthrightness at ensuring that royalty was restored in Uzala Dukedom after a long period of inter- regnum occasioned by in – fighting.
“It is by the power and authority of HRM Oba Ewuare II that we are here because he gave the approval of the installation of Godwin Aifekohian as Enogie of Uzala having struggled for the seat for many years.
“But HRM came to his rescue that he is the rightful owner of the seat. HRM Oba Ewuare II is the Monarch of truth who has come to put the right peg in the right hole,” he stated.
He advised that the new Enogie should try follow the good footsteps of his old colleagues while he appealed that members of Uzala Dukedom should co – operate and join hands with him towards promoting unhindered developmental growth of the area.
This is as he promised the unwavering support of the Association of Enigie in Benin Kingdom to ensuring the new Enogie succeeds on the royal seat.
Also reacting, the third – command in the leadership of Uzala people, and Chairman, Elders’ Council, Obabueku Aiyobomwangbon described the installation of HRH Igbinosun as Enogie after a stiff tussle against his younger brother as a dream come true and new dawn.
Obabueki was all praises for the Benin Monarch, HRM Oba Ewuare II describing him as rare gem especially for his steadfastness at ensuring the truth prevails always.
The children of the new Enogie; Prince Eghosa Benjamin, and Aifekohian Igbinosun expressed gratitude that their father eventually has been installed after the long tussle to his legitimacy adding that it underlined the forthrightness of the Benin Monarch, HRM Oba Ewuare II in the handling of affairs as they affects the people.
HRH Igbinosun while addressing his people had earlier solicited the co – operation and support of everyone to taking Uzala Dukedom to the next level of growth.
He assured that he was prepared to hold everyone together as a compact family adding; that in the tussle to the royal seat, there is no victor nor vanquished