The Oba of Benin, Ewuare II, has placed a temporary ban on the wearing of beads in his kingdom.
In a circular released from his palace, the monarch says the temporary ban is part of the rituals for the celebration of a festival in his kingdom.
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The Oba of Benin is the traditional ruler of the Edo people and all Edoid people and head of the historic Eweka dynasty of the Benin Empire – a West African empire centred on Benin City, in modern-day Nigeria. The ancient Benin homeland has been and continues to be mostly populated by the Edo.