As part of activities for the continuation of the 15 days funeral rites of Omo N’Oba Erediauwa, late Oba of Benin, the traditional council of the kingdom has banned residents from cooking with fire or any other process that will generate heat on Sunday.
This is contained in a press statement signed and released by Secretary to the Benin Traditional Council, Mr. Frank Irabor, on Friday in Benin City, Edo State.
According to Irabor, Sunday would be the day of “Edenagberen-Mwiwu”, and as such, cooking with fire will be forbidden in accordance with Benin customs and tradition.
The statement read: “This is to inform the general public, that in continuation of the Royal Funeral Rites and in accordance with Benin Customs and Tradition, there shall be no cooking with fire in the every household in Benin Kingdom on Sunday, 5th June, 2016.”
“This is the day of Edenagberen-Mwiwu in the Royal Funeral Rites Programme. All Benins as well as non-indigenes are expected to observe this rite.”
Male residents were also urged to shave their heads.