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.


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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Nigeria welcomes UK move to return looted artefacts

Business Ghana 09 Aug 2022
... the 19th Century, from what was then the Kingdom of Benin ... They include brass plaques, known as Benin bronzes, and a key to the king's palace....

Is British Museum’s stance shifting on Parthenon marbles return?

The Observer 05 Aug 2022
The government now insists he meant only loans – and that the museum is still legally barred from giving anything back ... Hicks has been a prominent critic of the British Museum and other institutions over the Benin bronzes, the legal status of which, unlike the marbles, is largely undisputed....

Benin – Togo: Fight against armed groups must not justify human rights violations

Amnesty 27 Jul 2022
Authorities in Benin and Togo must ensure that the fight against armed groups respects human rights, Amnesty International said today, amid reports of arbitrary arrests and detentions and violations of the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and expression, and as French President Emmanuel Macron visits Benin on 27 and 28 July 2022....

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