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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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....

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....

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....

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”....

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 ... ....

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....

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....

Liberté for beloved French teacher on the brink of deportation; he taught in St. Landry, Thibodaux

The Advocate 07 Jan 2021
Djibril Coulibaly poses with his wife, Maïmouna ... U.S ... Rep ... We arrive here as missionaries of the French language,” said Coulibaly’s co-worker Bani Ningbinnin, who was recruited from Benin to teach French in Louisiana schools. According to Coulibaly’s legal filings, Coulibaly had taught French in Acadiana schools under a legal work permit for 19 years ... ....

Protest over alleged poor services: BEDC, EDOCSO mull out-of-court settlement

Business Day Online 16 Dec 2020
The Benin Electricity ... Counsel to BEDC, P.A Akhatsokhe, who made the disclosure at the resumption of hearing on the suit in a Benin high court, Benin City, said negotiations are in place to resolve the legal dispute between the company and the civil society organisation....

Edo judiciary generates N296m revenue in one year

Business Day Online 27 Nov 2020
Edo State Judiciary on Friday said it generated the sum of N296,526,426 as revenue for the 2019/2020 legal year. Justice Esther Edigin, Chief Judge of the State who made the disclosure at the opening of the 2020/2021 legal year in Benin City, said the amount was generated from court fees, fines, among others....

The Edo: Nigeria to build new museum that it hopes will house Benin Bronzes

The National 15 Nov 2020
Nigeria intends to build a new museum over the next four years that could exhibit looted Benin Bronzes currently displayed in European and American museums ... The possibility of having the objects returned to Benin City in Nigeria's southern Edo state and shown at the future Edo Museum of West African Art has long been a dream for many....

First look at David Adjaye's planned museum for Benin City

The Art Newspaper 13 Nov 2020
This is intended to provide “the most comprehensive display in the world of Benin Bronzes”. The museum will be in Benin City, in Nigeria’s Edo state. The first stage will be an archaeological excavation of the site, which lies adjacent to the palace of the Oba, Benin’s traditional ruler....

How Olumide Akpata defeats two SANs to emerge NBA president

Business Day Online 01 Aug 2020
Akpata, a graduate of Law from the University of Benin, was also the youngest of the three contestants and would lead the legal body for the next two years. The 2020 election into national offices of the NBA, however, opened, at 11.00 p.m. on Wednesday (July 29) with a total of 29,635 accredited voters, and ended at 11.00 p.m ... ....