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1836 British Drawing Of Benin Kingdom VILLAGE With Storey Buldings! by Tellmeastory: 8:44pm On Apr 20
This is NOT ancient Benin City, which in its heyday of the 15th and 16th centuries, was hailed by visiting Portuguese and Dutch traders as being one of the most beautiful and best planned cities in the world. (See link below)

https://www.theguardian.com/cities/2016/mar/18/story-of-cities-5-benin-city-edo-nigeria-mighty-medieval-capital-lost-without-trace

This is in fact a VILLAGE far outside Benin city. It was drawn by British visitor, Mary Evans in 1836.

This was a full 61 years before the British invasion of the Benin kingdom in 1897.

AND 78 years before 'Nigeria' was born (in 1914).



Benin Village Scene, 1836
Village scene in Benin - a high-ranking citizen with his attendants


Source: Wall Art and Photo Gifts from Mary Evans Picture Library

https://www.prints-online.com/benin-village-scene-4359826.html

As you can see, we had multi-storey buildings, with sophisticated roofing and ventilation systems in VILLAGES before the colonial era.

Yet we have this image that they all lived in muds huts with thatched roofs.

WHY?

We have been seriously miseducated about our past.

It looks even better than many parts of our country today.

Who knows how far ahead we would have been today absent of colonial invasion and disruption of our civilisation.

If our villages looked like this nearly 200 years ago, how might they have looked TODAY, without European invasion?

Maybe like WAKANDA!

This is why we say that colonialism did not bring civilisation to Nigeria.

It took away our civilisation, and replaced it wIth vagabondism.
Re: 1836 British Drawing Of Benin Kingdom VILLAGE With Storey Buldings! by Tellmeastory: 9:10pm On Apr 20
Re: 1836 British Drawing Of Benin Kingdom VILLAGE With Storey Buldings! by AreaFada2: 1:31pm On Apr 21
Even some 9ja people with inferiority complex and tribalistic bigotry will still dispute what they see here.

If not that Benin Republic was called Dahomey back then, they would prefer to say it was around Porto Novo and was part of Oyo Empire. Others will say Mary Evans never existed. cheesy cheesy grin grin grin

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