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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Smithsonian removes looted Benin treasures

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette 16 Jan 2022
A few months after taking the reins of one of the smaller Smithsonian museums in July, Ngaire Blankenberg removed 18 Benin Kingdom Court Style works from their cases, saying their presence was harmful ... The panel is examining past collecting standards through a moral rather than legal lens....
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VOA Our Voices 403: Abortion Rights at a Crossroads

Voa News 14 Jan 2022
Benin has recently legalized abortion -- and in the U.S ... and its impact on African nations. ....
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Opinion | What I Learned When I Tried to Close Guantanamo

Politico 11 Jan 2022
presidents in legal and national security positions, most recently as Special Counsel to President Biden and, before that, as President Barack Obama’s Special Envoy for Guantanamo Closure ... “How is the potential detainee transfer to Benin coming?” ... he lacked the legal authority)....
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Illinois’ law ending immigration detention in 2022 hits snag

The Grio 02 Jan 2022
An Illinois law aimed at ending federal immigration detention in the New Year has hit another legal snag, delaying a change immigrant rights activists had celebrated as historic ... The ultimate goal is to ultimately abolish detention,” said Grisel Ruiz with the California-based Immigrant Legal Resource Center....
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Illinois law ending immigration detention in 2022 hits snag

Dispatch Argus 02 Jan 2022
CHICAGO — An Illinois law aimed at ending federal immigration detention in the New Year has hit another legal snag, delaying a change immigrant rights activists had celebrated as historic ... The ultimate goal is to ultimately abolish detention," said Grisel Ruiz with the California-based Immigrant Legal Resource Center....
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