By Imasuen Amowie Marvis.
On the 23rd of March, 1979 the appearance of the Moon and Stars at Noon, midway into the coronation of Omo N’Oba Erediauwa was very significant and unparalleled in our history. It was unarguably one of the wonders of the 20th century and a rare manifestation of God’s love for our race, blissing through such remarkable memory was one of those things I had hoped for as at that time Osanobua has not granted me the rare privilege to be part of this incredible line of unique race called Benin. My earnest desire couldn’t have gone in vain as my quest to experience such rare divine and celestial phenomenon again manifested during my lifetime which took place on the 3rd of June 2017 which was exactly 13, 950 days apart considering there are 10 leap years in between the 38 years and 70 days.
During the first appearance of such heavenly obeisance to one of the world’s greatest throne the kingdom astrological Guild in Benin called “Iwoki” which was established by Oba Esigie in about 1506 AD. The earliest Portuguese Missionaries and traders who settled in Benin City at that era greatly facilitated the establishment of the Iwoki Guild.
The head of the Guild is an Odionwere whose primary function is to monitor the movement of the moon and stars, the members of this guild are generally believed to be highly skilled enough in a way that they can reposition any new Moon and Star not properly placed in course. It was prophesied that the appearance of the Moon and Stars was a sign of divine blessing and approval of the new reign which was destined to be long, prosperous, peaceful and remarkable in many ways.
The prophecy turned out to be true in the years of Oba Erediauwa’s reign. That same phenomenon has appeared again in the reign of Oba Ewuare II, in consonance with such great reign of His father; his reign will experience even more divine and celestial bliss and a united Idu sons and daughters’ prognosis is simply on the way.
Oba Ewuare II Gha To Kpere
Uyi ivbi Idu Ghi wi.