THE EARLY YEARS:
The petition for the formation of Benin
Lodge was signed by the following eminent masons:
i. W.Bro. George Eweka, P.D.J.G.W.,
ii. Rt. W Bro. Dr. F. Ogunro, S.C.
iii. Bro. J. Omo Fadaka. M.M., E.C.
iv. W.Bro. E.C. Phillips, M.B.E. (P.D.G.W),
v. W.Bro. Obi J. O. Onwuka, M.B.E.
(P.D.S.G.D), PM., E.C.
vi. Bro. J .O Ogunmola , M.M., E.C.
vii. Bro. D. O. Asemota, M.M., S.C.
The petitioners recommended W. Bro.
George Eweka as the master designate, W.Bro. Dr. F. Ogunro
as senior warden designate
and Bro. J. Omo Fadaka as junior warden designate,
of the proposed lodge which was to meet
at the old Government School,
Benin City on the first Saturday of each month,
St. John's lodge No. 3780 E.C., Onitsha, sponsored the petition
District Grand Lodge of Nigeria recommended it for the approval
of the United Grand Lodge of England.
A warrant was granted to Benin Lodge No. 7800 on 8th November,
1961 by the Most Worshipful the
The Lodge was consecrated on 24th February, 1962 at the Government
Schoo, Oba Market Road, Benin
City by the
Rt. Worshipful the District Grand Master of Nigeria the Hon.
Justice Sir Lionel Brett assisted by the following consecrating
i. W.Bro. The Hon. Mr. Justice L.
N. Mbanefo Kt, O.S.M., PAG. Reg, PDDGM (I.M)
ii. W.Bro. S. N. Obi PDSGW (S.W)
iii. W Bro. G. H. Allen M.B.E., J.P.,
PG St. B (J.W)
iv. W.Bro. W.H.H. Foster PDG. Chap.
v. W.Bro. Dr. K. Sagoe, PDJGW (Chaplain)
vi. W.Bro. T.C. Mbanefo PDJGD (I.G)
vii. W.Bro. E.T.I. Green O.F.R., PDJGW
In addition to the consecrating officers,
the 7 founders,and 61 visitors were present. After the consecration,
W.Bro. George Eweka
was installed Master, Rt. W Bro. Dr.
F. Ogunro and Bro. J. Omo Fadaka were installed and invested
as Senior and Junior Wardens
respectively while Bro. D. O.
Asemota was elected and invested Treasurer. Bro. Prince A.
I. Eweka was appointed and invested
Secretary of the Lodge .It is
interesting to note that this outstanding brother became one
of the first two brethren of
Benin Lodge to be honoured with Grand
GROWTH OF BENIN LODGE:
At its second regular meeting on 5th
May, 1962 seven brethren including W.Bro.
H.R.M. Akenzua II, C.M.G., OBA OF BENIN where
admitted as joining members. Bro.
Prince S. I Akenzua (Now Omo N'Oba N'Edo Erediauwa, OBA OF
W.Bro. L. O. Ogbeide PDSGW were initiated and became the first
initiates of the Lodge.
In 1964 barely two years after the
consecration of Benin Lodge W.Bro. H.R.H. Akenzua II, C.M.G.
(Omo N'Oba N'Edo Oba of Benin)
was installed in the chair of King
Solomon thereby becoming the 1st Benin Monarch to attain that
exalted position, on that unique
occasion, the R.W Bro. Hon. Justices
Lionel Brett Kt. PDGM graced the installation with his presence
and a large number of
prominent masons from different parts
of the country were present to witness the ceremony. He was
honoured with the rank
of Past District Junior Grand Deacon
the following year. The first secretary became Master in 1966
while his son,
W.Bro. Prince A.A.I. Eweka D.G. Supt.
Wks. was installed Master in 1986. It is a remarkable achievement
that under the mastership of
W.Bro. L.O. Ogbeide the present Masonic
Hall was designed and constructed by W.Bro. Prince A.I. Eweka
and dedicated on Feb. 1973
on which occasion Bro. A.A. Guobadia
was installed Worshipful Master.
The year 1981 was significant in that
W.Bro. W.E. Pemu PSGD, PDDGM was in the chair and the Master
handedly provided the former chain
link fence round the Hall and planted the flowers which continue
to beautify the premises
and give Benin Lodge Hall the appearance
of the most beautiful Masonic Hall in Nigeria today. At the
Annual Communication held in
December, 1987 W.Bro. W.E. Pemu, PSGD,
was appointed Deputy District Grand Master of the newly created
On the 29th February,1988, the new
division was inaugurated in the hall by theMost Worshipful
Pro Grand Master,
the Rt. Hon. Lord Cornwallis, OBE,
D.L. assisted by a powerful delegation of the Grand Lodge.
Right Worshipful Bro. McEwen was
installed the District Grand Master.
On that occasion W.Bro. W.E.Pemu and W.Bro. Prince A.I. Eweka
were handed their letters of
offers as Past Junior Grand Deacon
and Past Grand Standard bearer respectively. W.Bro E.O.Obianwu
was the Worshipful Master
on the occasion.
Since the consecration, Benin lodge
has hosted the District Grand Lodge as follows:
A. Half Yearly Communication in June
B. Half Yearly Communication in June
C. Quaterly Communication in December
D. Half Yearly Communication on 13th
E. Half Yearly Communication in April
The 1974 communication was presided
over by Rt. W.Bro Trevor Elmore, the 1986 one by late
W.Bro. Dr Chief G.C. Mbanugo while
W.Bro.W.E. Pemu presided At the 1989 quarterly communication.
The 1998 Half Yearly communications
was presided over by W.Bro. M.O. Taiga, ADGM. The attendance
each of these communications
W.Bro. F.A. Morah was installed Worshipful
Master for the year 1989/90 during which as many as six members
Crown Prince Eheneden Erediauwa were
initiated. W.Bro. P.E Agbajoh PDG. Chap. who had been Master
in 1967 and again in 1980
passed to the Grand Lodge above on
23rd August, 1989. At the funeral service which was attended
by several distinguished
masons on 30th September at St Andrews
Anglican Cathedral , Warri, the Officiating Minister paid
tribute to the benevolence of
Chief Agbajoh's heart, the sweetness
of his temper, and the extra-ordinary endowment of his mind.
By his death Benin Lodge lost
one of its great masters. A real brother
and a true friend. May his soul rest in perfect peace.
At the regular meeting held on 6th
Octber, 1990, W.Bro. Chief Dr. P.M.O. Oyolu initiated his
son, Bro. David Anthony Oyolu.
That was the first time in the history
of the Lodge that Worshipful Master, in his year of office,
had the privilege of initialing his own son.
In 1992, the Lodge was again honoured
a second time by the appointment of W.Bro. Prince A.I. Eweka
as the Deputy District Grand Master for
In 1992, the crown Prince of Benin,
Prince Eheneden Erediauawa, ( Edaiken N'Uselu) was elected
and installed Master of Benin
Lodge. Unfortunately, the lodge suffered
the loss of a prominent and energetic member, who was the
second initiate of the Lodge in the
person of Late W.Bro. L.O. Ogbeide,
PGStd, B, PDGSW, P.3RD DGP, P.Z., P.M and Secretary of the
May his soul rest in peace.
As at October 1995 all the past Masters
of the Lodge with the exception of W.Bro. Fadaka, Hon. Justices
W.Bro. Deacon M.O. Omoruyi and W.Bro.
B. O. Modebe were honoured with the District Grand Ranks while
W.Bro. W.E. Pemu PDDGM., was promoted
PSGD. and W.Bro.Prince A.I. Eweka PDDGM, PAGDC was also
promoted as PSG. and W.Bro. L.O. Ogbeide
PG Std. B.
As at 4th Jan. 1997 the financial members
of the Lodge stood at 34. On
4th September, 1998, the Lodge suffered a great setback due
to the demise of W.Bro. J.O. Edosomwan,
PDJD 1999 witnessed a decline
in membership which hopefully has improved.
On 6th December 2003, The District
Grand Lodge of Nigeria made history by the presentation of
a plaque by the
Rt. W.Bro Adedeji Adedoyin D.G.M. on behalf of the distrct
to W.Bro.Prince A.I. Eweka PSGD. PDDGM (W) on the
occasion of his 80th Birthday - 8th October 2003, and was
supported by W.Bro. Chike Offodile PADGM,
W.Bro. Olorogun M.O. Taiga ADGM., W.Bro. E. O. Obianwu ADGM.
and other eminent masons.
This is deemed an honour conferred on both Benin Lodge and
the recipient (W.Bro Prince A. I. Eweka), who passed on in
In 2013 the lodge hosted the half yearly
communication of the district, it was graced by the DGM and
other eminent masons.
On January 18th 2015 Benin Lodge lost
a great member and PDDGM (W) W.Bro W.E. Pemu, PSGD father
of 2 past masters of the lodge.
In October 2015 , a past master of
the lodge and a lewis HRH Crown Prince (AMB) Eheneden Erediauwa
was appointed ADGM. On October
2016 HRH W.Bro (AMB) Eheneden Erediauwa
was coronated as the 40th Oba Of Benin as His Royal Majesty
Omo N'Oba N'edo Uku Akpolokpolo Oba Ewuare II
in Benin City, a great honour and credit
to Benin Lodge and the entire masonry worldwide.
At the Annual communication in Nov.
2016 another lewis and initiate of the lodge W.Bro Prince
Austin Iro Eweka PDSGW was appointed ADGM (SS) by the DGM.