Benin City

Benin City is a city (2006 est. pop. 1,147,188) and the capital of Edo State in southern Nigeria. It is a city approximately 40 kilometres (25 mi) north of the Benin River. It is situated 320 kilometres (200 mi) by road east of Lagos. Benin is the centre of Nigeria's rubber industry, but processing palm nuts for oil is also an important traditional industry.

History

The original people and founders of the Benin Empire, the Edo people, were initially ruled by the Ogiso (Kings of the Sky) dynasty who called their land Igodomigodo. The rulers or kings were commonly known as Ogiso. Igodo, the first Ogiso, wielded much influence and gained popularity as a good ruler. He died after a long reign and was succeeded by Ere, his eldest son. In the 12th century, a great palace intrigue and battle for power erupted between the warrior crown prince Ekaladerhan son of the last Ogiso and his young paternal uncle. In anger over an oracle, Prince Ekaladerhan left the royal court with his warriors. When his old father the Ogiso died, the Ogiso dynasty was ended as the people and royal kingmakers preferred their king's son as natural next in line to rule.

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Benin Named Fastest Place to Start Business Online — Thanks to COVID

Voa News 13 Sep 2021
Sandra Idossou, owner of a store selling art in Cotonou, Benin, submitted her business application online and received approval and legal documents within three hours ... To create her business, Idossou went online to monentreprise.bj, a platform in Benin to create and formally start a business....
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DSS release 8 out of 12 Igboho aides afta 61 days

Ghana Web 30 Aug 2021
Leader of di umbrella body of Yoruba Self-Determination Groups, Prof ... Igboho, wey im real name na Sunday Adeyemo, still dey Benin Republic wia im dey face im own legal battle ... Prof. Banji group Ilana Omo Oodua Worldwide wey don dey fight for Igboho release in Benin give di names of those wey DSS release. ... ....
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Sunday Igboho: Benin investigates Nigerian separatist leader

BBC News 27 Jul 2021
A court in Benin has ordered that a Nigerian separatist leader being held in the country be moved to prison from police custody ... Why was he picked up in Benin? ... Also, Nigeria and Benin are part of the 15-country Economic Community of West Africa States (Ecowas), a regional body with far reaching laws on trade and legal matters....
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Sunday Igboho: What's stopping Benin extraditing the Nigerian separatist leader?

Yahoo Daily News 27 Jul 2021
A court in Benin has ordered that a Nigerian separatist leader being held in the country be moved to prison from police custody ... Also, Nigeria and Benin are part of the 15-country Economic Community of West Africa States (Ecowas), a regional body with far reaching laws on trade and legal matters ... But this was not part of a legal process....
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Insecurity: The ‘ding-dong’ over Sunday Igboho

Business Day Online 25 Jul 2021
That contrary to insinuations, Nigeria and Benin have no Extradition Agreement ... Omolola of Global Legal Consults, with offices in Los Angeles and Lagos, said Benin Republic, Cotonou, Germany and Nigeria have bilateral/multilateral treaties and understanding to render mutual assistance to apprehend fleeing criminals....
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Benin Bronzes: Nigeria dispute jeopardises return of artefacts

BBC News 22 Jul 2021
The British Museum has signed a deal with the LRT for an archaeology project in Benin City ... Nigeria's federal government has legal responsibility for the return of any Benin Bronzes, and, it says, will ultimately "take possession" of them, although the Oba's supporters stress he will never concede on the question of ownership....
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Despite Ban, Open Grazing Persists in Southern States

This Day 07 Jun 2021
•Stakeholders demand legal backing for proscription. Adibe Emenyonu in Benin City, James Sowole in Akure, Bassey Inyang in Calabar, David-Chyddy Eleke in Awka, Sylvester Idowu in Warri, Kemi Olaitan in Ibadan, Victor Ogunje in Ado Ekiti and Amby Uneze in Owerri....
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Germany has agreed to return Nigeria's looted treasure. Will other countries follow?

The Philadelphia Tribune 11 May 2021
Colonial soldiers had plundered his ancestors’ land, seizing what became collectively known as the Benin bronzes ... The British Museum — owner of the world’s biggest collection, at roughly 900 pieces — is legally prohibited from releasing the Benin bronzes because Parliament regulates its inventory....
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Germany first to hand back Benin bronzes looted by British

The Observer 30 Apr 2021
Germany is to become the first country to hand back the Benin bronzes looted by British soldiers in the late 19th century, after the culture minister, Monika Grütters, announced it would start returning a “substantial” part of the artefacts held in its museums to Nigeria from next year....
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Scottish university claims Benin bronze bought for £750 is worth £500,000—but is that now really ...

The Art Newspaper 29 Apr 2021
Aberdeen University’s Benin bronze, which is being restituted to Nigeria, was bought at Sotheby’s in 1957 for £750 ... A university statement on 25 March recorded that Head of an Oba had been acquired in Benin “in a way that we now consider to have been extremely immoral”....
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Book title: ‘Leaving the Tarmac: Buying A Bank In Africa’

Business Day Online 04 Apr 2021
It also situated the growth of Access Bank in the complex process of growth and strategies to manage each challenge as they occur ... In the beginning. Armed with a Law degree from University of Benin and after a year stint at Continental Merchant Bank as a legal officer, which he started in 1988, Aigboje Aig-Imoukhuede moved to Prime Merchant Bank ... ....
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UK university to return looted African sculpture

Arab News 25 Mar 2021
The University of Aberdeen in Scotland is to return a Benin bronze sculpture to Nigeria, saying it was acquired by British soldiers in 1897 in “reprehensible circumstances.” ... The university acquired the bronze sculpture depicting an “Oba” (king) of Benin at auction in 1957, and it is considered a classic example of Benin Late Period Art....
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UK university to return looted sculpture

Manila Standard Today 25 Mar 2021
The university acquired the bronze sculpture depicting an “Oba” (king) of Benin at auction in 1957, and it is considered a classic example of Benin Late Period Art ... Benin City, in present-day southern Nigeria, was the seat of a powerful West African kingdom at the time....
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