On the wedding day of Oba Akenzua II’s eldest daughter, Princess Egbe to Engr Elo Ogbeidi-Iheme In 1956.
The princess is seen here seated on her father’s lap, before he gives her in ‘native law and customs’ to his future son-in-law.
The Oba broke the tradition by allowing his daughters to choose their husbands for themselves.
Traditionally the eldest princess marries the Iyase, and the second-born marries the Esogban.
Photo: S.O. Alonge, 1956 (copyright Flora Edouwaye S. Kaplan)
source: Benin Kings and Rituals
Court Arts from Nigeria