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Full History Of Benin Kingdom In Nigeria by Historianbeez: 3:02pm On May 25
Full History of Benin Kingdom In Nigeria

The origins of the Benin Kingdom date back to the 11th century, although some scholars argue it could be earlier. According to oral tradition, the Edo people, who founded Benin, migrated from the southern part of Nigeria. By the 13th century, Benin had become a powerful state under the rule of the Ogiso dynasty. This period is notable for the establishment of a centralized political system and the development of the city of Edo, known today as Benin City.
One striking aspect of Benin's history is its artistic achievements. I believe the kingdom's bronze and ivory works are among the most impressive in the world. These artifacts, created using sophisticated metalworking techniques, depict a wide range of subjects, from royal figures to scenes of everyday life. British explorers and traders, upon encountering these works in the late 19th century, were astounded by their complexity and beauty. Many of these artifacts now reside in museums around the world, serving as a testament to Benin's advanced craftsmanship.
From a general point of view, the Benin Kingdom's political structure was equally remarkable. The Oba, or king, held supreme authority, supported by a council of chiefs and nobles. This hierarchical system ensured efficient governance and the maintenance of law and order. The kingdom's ability to manage its affairs effectively contributed to its longevity and prosperity.
The 15th century marked a significant turning point for Benin. Under the rule of Oba Ewuare the Great, the kingdom expanded its territory through military conquests and strategic alliances. Ewuare is credited with fortifying the city with massive walls and moats, making it one of the most fortified cities of its time. These walls, described by early European visitors, were considered one of the world's greatest engineering feats.
However, the arrival of Portuguese traders in the late 15th century introduced new dynamics to the kingdom. While it opened doors to European goods and firearms, it also set the stage for future conflicts and exploitation. The transatlantic slave trade, which began in the 16th century, had devastating effects on the region, including Benin. Despite these challenges, the kingdom managed to retain much of its autonomy and cultural identity................................

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Re: Full History Of Benin Kingdom In Nigeria by NitaNot: 6:44am On May 28
The current Oba Of Benin is living in medieval times and unfortunately, some shallow headed Bini sons are stuck in the past with him.

If the Oba of Benin should wrong you, you too will go to Court. Or are you a SLAVE

The Oba of Benin plotted and had his Uncle, Prof. Akenzua, over 85 years old, an esteemed Canada trained Professor of Medicine, National Award Winner, Former DVC, Academics, University of Benin & ex Chairman, Governing Council of the Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma, arrested AND CHARGED TO COURT on trumped up charges of impersonating himself as the Enogie of Evbuobanosa based on his purported suspension of him. A power, according to the LAW, that he does not have!

And unlike some SLAVES think, NOBODY IS ABOVE THE LAW. Infact, na the Oba first go the Court.

Prof. Akenzua is simply in Court to ask the Court to remind the Oba that he is NOT ABOVE THE LAW.

There is a lot that the Professor has endured, as a Son himself of Oba Akenzua and junior Brother to The Late Oba Erediauwa to protect the Palace. But arresting him and charging him to Court with the intention to have him locked up is the last straw that BROKE the Camel's back.

He needs to understand that respect begets respect. Those willing to be Slaves may look upon the Oba as above the law but to his Uncle, of the same and earlier BLUE BLOOD than himself, he is a man that has arrogated to himself powers that he does not have.

Sometimes, even Kings, need to be reminded that they are human.

Let the Court decide whether the Oba of Benin is LAW above the Nigeria Constitution.

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