Pulse.ng logo

In Benin Men mourn late King by shaving their heads

Part of the traditional mourning rites to be observed for the monarch includes the shaving of heads and the closure of markets in the whole of the Kingdom.

  • Published:

As dictated by tradition, Male sons of the Land have begun to shave off their heads in honour of the late Oba of Benin, Omo n’Oba n’Edo Uku Akpolokpolo, Oba Erediauwa.

READ: Governor Oshiomole confirms Oba of Benin's death

The demise of the monarch was confirmed on Friday with the breaking of a native chalk by Chief Sam Igbe, the Iyase of Benin Kingdom.

READ: Senate President, Bukola Saraki says a glorious chapter has closed in Benin

Punch reports that there was a marked increase in the number of people patronizing barbers' shops, asking for complete shaves.

A barber, who gave his name as Akhere, said that he recorded a 50 per cent increase in the number of customers at his shop.

Akhere said, “Not many people came to have their heads shaved on Friday, when the palace made the announcement. But Saturday was different because a lot people came to do so; many of them were elderly men.”

A resident, Mr. John Ehanire, described the act as a ‘privilege’ for all Benin sons.

“I shaved my head to show respect for my late king. It is a rare privilege for us because it happens once in a long time,” he said.

Furthermore, major markets in the region controlled by the Oba were all closed, with traders having to sell their wares on walkways at the Oba and New Benin markets.

Do you ever witness news or have a story that should be featured on Pulse Nigeria?
Submit your stories, pictures and videos to us now via WhatsApp: +2349055172167, Social Media @pulsenigeria247: #PulseEyewitness & DM or Email: eyewitness@pulse.ng. More information here.