Oba of Benin postpones coronation anniversary to honour Hosa Okunbo

Oba of Benin Eheneden Erediauwa

Oba of Benin Oba Ewuare II has postponed his fifth coronation anniversary to honour the late billionaire Captain Hosa Okunbo.

Secretary of Benin traditional council Frank Irabor announced this in a statement on Monday evening.

Okunbo was buried last Friday in Benin. He died after a battle with pancreatic cancer in a London hospital on August 8.

“The BTC, on behalf of His Royal Majesty (HRM), wishes to inform the general public that as a result of the demise of Captain Idahosa Wells Okunbo, and his burial few days ago, HRM has directed that all the events lined up to mark his 5th coronation anniversary on October 20, 2021 be postponed, in honour of the late Captain Okunbo, who was an illustrious son of Edo State, in whom we were well pleased,” the statement by Mr Irabor read.

Okunbo, who graduated at 21 from the Nigerian Civil Aviation Training Centre, Zaria, as a professional commercial pilot, was made a captain in 1983 at 25 and retired five years later.

The philanthropist was conferred with an honorary doctoral degree by the University of Benin (UNIBEN) for his contributions to humanity and achievements as an entrepreneur.