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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Should anyone really own the phrase “Hakuna Matata”?

Quartz 12 Jan 2019
Is it only African things that are “legally” trademarked in this way?. How many other bits and pieces from other cultures are owned thus? Disney is the most visible buyer in this contemporary trafficking in pieces of intangible blackness via the same frame that slavers and colonizers used before—that it was legal....

Britain's pillaging of the Benin Bronzes begs for a reasonable resolution

The Art Newspaper 21 Dec 2018
In 1897, British troops marched on Benin City, the capital of the fabled West African kingdom of Benin, ruled over by a powerful Oba ... After the British victory, the troops destroyed the town and took away nearly 2,000 plaques and sculptures, known thereafter as the "Benin Bronzes"....

DMO Seeks Legislation on Debt Mgt in States, FCT as Profile Rises by 111%

This Day 15 Dec 2018
By Adibe Emenyonu in Benin City ... The debt management agency also said that there was the need for governors and other public office holders to be diligent in spending government funds, asserting that public debt management is unique and dynamic, which made it imperative for the review of legal and institutional frameworks....

Edo NBA Kicks against Prosecution of Usoro

This Day 09 Dec 2018
Adibe Emenyonu in Benin City ... into the practice of law and the legal profession ... Collins Ogiegbaen canvassed this position at the 2018 Young Lawyers Forum held in Benin City yesterday, asking legal practitioners “to choose professionalism over politics and stand with Usoro.”....

Edo’s effort at retrieval of stolen artefacts yielding results

Business Day Online 28 Nov 2018
... advice, as requested, in areas including building and exhibition design, while European and Nigerian partners will work collaboratively to develop training, source funding, and legal frameworks to facilitate the permanent display of Benin artworks in the new museum.”....

British Museum to return Benin bronzes to Nigeria — but at a cost

CNN 26 Nov 2018
Benin bronzes ... "The museums in attendance have all agreed to lend artifacts to the Benin Royal Museum on a rotating basis, to provide advice as requested on building and exhibition design, and to cooperate with the Nigerian partners in developing training, funding, and a legal framework for the display in a new planned museum."....

Fuelling poverty through import ban

Business Day Online 17 Oct 2018
The reality though, as BusinessDay findings have shown is that, as legal importation to Nigeria drops drastically, neighbouring countries such as Benin, Cameroun, Niger and others have seen their parboiled rice imports increasing ... metric tonnes exported to Benin republic in 2015....

Counsel for Imprisoned Russian Citizen Alexey Pichugin Files Petition with UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention

Odessa American 07 Aug 2018
WASHINGTON & GENEVA--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Aug 7, 2018--Perseus Strategies, LLC announced today that Jared Genser, the firm’s Managing Director, has joined the international legal defense team for Russian citizen Alexey Pichugin ... The members are currently from Australia, Benin, Latvia, Mexico, and South Korea ... PROFESSIONAL SERVICES LEGAL....

Nigeria move to end football crisis as Congress lifts ban on faction leader Chris Giwa

Yahoo Daily News 02 Aug 2018
At its extraordinary congress in Benin, the NFF general assembly resolved to remove the ban, pending the withdrawal of legal matters in court by Giwa led board two weeks. “Ensure the dismissal of all pending Court cases against NFF and its leadership, within 2 weeks of this resolution,” the Congress' communique read ...  . ....

Morocco, Nigeria agree to press on with pipeline plan

Sowetan Live 11 Jun 2018
"For economic, political, legal and security reasons, the choice was made for a combined onshore/offshore route," a statement said....

FG Moves to Take Possession of Multi-billion Naira Furniture Coy In Edo

This Day 11 Jun 2018
By Adibe Emenyonu in Benin City. The federal government through the Niger Delta Amnesty Programme, has initiated move to take possession of a multi-billion naira furniture factory situated in Benin City, capital of Edo State which it had made substantial payment in 2013. The factory is owned by a Benin based industrialist, Mr....

Illusions of rice sufficiency in Nigeria

Business Day Online 17 Apr 2018
The reality as BusinessDay findings show is that, as legal importation to Nigeria drops drastically, neighbouring countries such as Benin, Cameroun, Niger and others have seen their parboiled rice imports increasing ... As long as that is not the case, importation whether legal or illegal, is inevitable....