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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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 ... ....

Andersen Global Continues West African Expansion with Addition of Tax and Legal Firm in Benin

Odessa American 30 Jul 2020
Andersen Global announces its entrance into Cotonou, Benin with the addition of collaborating firm Fiduciaire Conseil and Assistance (FCA), a full-service tax and legal firm founded 20 years ago ... Andersen Global is an international association of legally separate, independent member firms comprised of tax and legal professionals around the world....

Beyoncé shares new details and trailer for ‘Black Is King’

NME 19 Jul 2020
Black Is King’ will be released on Disney+ on July 31 and will also be screened across Africa in countries including, Nigeria, Ghana, Ethiopia, Namibia, Cameroon, Liberia, Burundi, Senegal, Somalia, Benin, Congo, Kenya, Zimbabwe, South Africa, and more. Meanwhile, Beyoncé won a legal battle to trademark Blue Ivy’s name earlier this month....

4 Police Commissioners Exit Service At Age 60

Modern Ghana 09 Jun 2020
The now retired commissioners are Prosper Kwame Agblor, who was the Director General in charge of ......

NDDC: Legal practitioner petitions NASS, EFCC on corruption allegations

Business Day Online 01 Jun 2020
The Benin, Edo State-based legal practitioner particularly accused the former Acting Managing Director of the Commission, Gbene Joi Nunieh of throwing caution to the winds in his involvement in corrupt activities in the NDDC....

Court Opening: Akpata calls for modern reforms in the judicial system

Business Day Online 13 Feb 2020
Mr Akpata remarked that this arrangement not only translated to a lot of work for Their Lordships in the Benin and Enugu Divisions of the Court but also entailed huge expenses for legal practitioners as well as litigants outside Edo and Enugu States who had to embark on long and tortuous journeys in order to attend court....

CPI climbs to a nine-month high on border closure

Business Day Online 27 Jan 2020
READ ALSO ... It is observed that the large portion of the aforementioned commodities and more are legally and illegally passing through the land borders that connect Nigeria with some of the west African countries like – the Benin Republic, through its commercial city of Cotonou; Niger, Ghana, among others ... ....

Lessons from the Trump–Iran news cycle

Columbia Journalism Review 13 Jan 2020
The court demanded that the government immediately review the situation in Kashmir and publish its shutdown orders, allowing for independent scrutiny of their legal basis. Ignace Sossou, a journalist in Benin, has been sentenced to 18 months in prison; he was charged with “harassment” after he (accurately) tweeted a public prosecutor’s remarks....


Peace FM Online 10 Jan 2020
“In this country many incredible things happen ... Why new denominations? ... Ghana has agreed to join eight West African countries who have adopted the ECO as legal tender. They are Benin, Burkina Faso, Guinea Bissau, Ivory Coast, Mali, Niger, Senegal and Togo. ....

Afe Babalola Backs FG on Border Closure

This Day 02 Dec 2019
The foremost legal icon commended President Muhammadu Buhari over the closure of the country’s border with Benin Republic and other neighbouring countries to tackle persistent smuggling, which has crippled the country’s economy ... “They should not open it in the best interest of the economy. The closure of border is helpful to the farmer ... ....

The battle to get Europe to return thousands of Africa’s stolen artifacts is getting complicated

Quartz 29 Nov 2019
Benin 3,157 ... The statues have both a spiritual and historic value for Benin and are irreplaceable pieces of cultural property and heritage. These statues are part of 26 artifacts of the 5,000 artifacts Benin has requested from France whose return to the country is mired in legal challenges....

How HiiL selected a winner for its 2019 innovating Justice Challenge

Business Day Online 28 Nov 2019
COMMUNITY PEACE INITIATIVE seeks to promote peace and justice in conflicting communities in Northern Nigeria by engaging their traditional and religious leaders to resolve communal conflicts, while LAY BETTER through its conversational mobile BOT, Liliane provides legal advice in more than 10 areas of law for citizens of Benin Republic....

Why is there smuggling?

Business Day Online 14 Nov 2019
Just as Nigerian ports are becoming expensive and inefficient, neighbouring ports in Benin and Togo were increasing their efficiencies and lowering costs to attract Nigerian importers ... as legal importation to Nigeria drops drastically, neighbouring countries such as Benin, Cameroon, Niger and others have seen their parboiled rice imports increasing....