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This is the Great Benin King, His Royal Majesty, Oba Ewuare Ogidigan II, during his performance of the Ugie Iron ceremony, as part of the activities marking the annual Ugie festival in 2018.

The Ugie-Iron is a ceremony to re-enact the battle fought between the Uzama (Edion) and the Edogun troops who were loyal to the Oba of Benin centuries ago.

To commemorate the event, a mock battle is usually staged between the Uzama (Edion) and the Edogun, and it provides an opportunity for them to pay homage to the Oba as well as renew and pledge their allegiance to the Benin Monarch.

The ceremony, which took place at the Ugha-Erhoba in the Oba Palace, was attended by an array of palace chiefs, members of the Benin Royal Family, as well as sons and daughters of the Benin Kingdom.


The Royal family members present at a marriage ceremony in Dallas, Texas. From left to right, Blessing Akenzua, Sunny Iyasere, Joseph Ereyi, the groom, the bride, Christopher Eweka, Leo Oronsaye, Larry Eweka, and Console Oronsaye.

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Larry EwekaLarry Eweka
ValentineValentine Edobor-Osula
HarrisHarris Osa Enabulele
PrincePrince Efosa Eweka
IreneIrene Ekinadese
Osagiede Osayande
JosephJoseph Ereyi
Judith RolandJudith Roland