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Location: Benin City, Edo State, Nigeria
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Statue of the Giant Arhuanran Of Udo

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OSA OF GREAT BENIN SPIRITUALITY IS NOT GOD

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THE BENIN – IDAH WAR

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Comment by Otedo News Update on November 14, 2020 at 5:12pm

The reign of Owodo, the last Ogiso, was a long course of misrule, and anxiety. For instance, it used to be said of him ‘‘Ogiso ma min emwen e fi agba’’, meaning ‘‘Ogiso never convened a meeting except in times of troubles and crisis’’. Domestic worries added to his weakness which ultimately led to the total collapsed of the dynasty around 11 century A.D when he was banished from the Kingdom because of popular hostility against his regime. King Owodo had numerous wife’s, his son; Ekaladerhan born to him by Esagho has earlier be exiled to Ughoton (Gwatto), a place he founded. Although every attempt was made to persuade him to return to the kingdom after his after banishment; Ekaladerhan refused to leave Ughoton where he eventually died.

The people of Igodomigodo decided to set up a republican form of government with a commoner named Evian as administrator; as a reward for the brave and meritorious service rendered by him to the country through killing a murderous beast; Evian was succeeded by Erebo (Ogiamien). Though it is impossible to know the precise date of their foundation, some of the important villages which already existed in the period may throw some light on the problem. Among such villages are the following: Udo, Ihimwirin, Oka, Avbiama, Idogbo, Utesi, Ogua, Urhoho, Ute, Igo, Irighon, Ughoton, Uhen, Esi, Ikpoka, Ayen, Orio, Uwan, Egbaen, Idumwonwina, Ohovbe, Ogheghe, Ite, Iguogbe, Izikhiri, Iyowa, Ego, Umoghumwun, Azagba, Ekho, Ebue, Irokhin, Amagba, Udeni, Ogan, Ugolo, Omi-nara, Unuame, Iyekeze, Ogba, Ogbokhirima, Uwan, Ayen, Orio, Iguogbe, Okenuhen, Okhumwun, Ikoha and Use to mention few.

Furthermore, Some of the titles held by chiefs under the Ogisos were as follows: Esagho (the Premier and greatest war chief), Aragbua, Eraghohen, Lamalua, Ogiama, Ukpoza, Giaghama, Olou, Ogievbeke, Nirokhin, Ogiodu, Ogikeke, Ogiogbon and Iraghoghe. The palace of the Ogisos, which was begun by Ogiso Ere. Was on the site recently vacated by the Western Boys High School off the East Circular Road. It stretched from the school to the cemetery containing many gateways, chambers, council halls and a big harem divided into sections. It occupied a suitably elevated position and its spacious front looked out over the valley of the Ikpoba river to the Arokenogbanwa or Oregbeni hill beyond. Archaeological research may one day allow us to know more about the Ogiso period than is possible at the period.

Comment by Otedo News Update on November 14, 2020 at 5:12pm

The Foundation of Igodomigodo Kingdom and The History of Ogiso Dynasty.

by: Jacob.U. Egharevba (Short History of Benin, First Edition 1934, Second Edition 1936, Third Edition 1960).

Before the foundation of Ogiso dynasty, the management of affairs of the kingdom was carried out under different leadership. Igodomigodo is a conglomerate of different clans (Idumu), with each clan having (Edionwere) community leader. The Empire of this first period dynasty was founded about 900 A.D. The rulers or kings were commonly knowns as ‘‘Ogiso’’ before the arrival of Obaship and his party at ille ife in Yorubaland about the 12 century of the Christian Era.

Ultimately one of the prominent leaders among the (Edionwere’s) Igodo, was made ‘‘Ogiso’’ (king of the sky). 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. It is said that Ogiso Ere suffered much in childhood and as a price who had been much in the world. Ogiso Ere was very zealous in the management of the affairs of the kingdom. He was a lover of peace and concord, for instance if there was fighting or quarrelling among his people a crier would be sent out by him to announce to the fighters the term ‘‘A wua ne Ere’’ meaning ‘‘quarrelling is forbidden by Ere’’ and at once peace would be restored.

There were many improvements during the reign of Ere. He founded many villages such as Ego and Erua and the group of craftsmen known as Onwina and Igbesamwan. The former are the traditional carpenters and the latter the carvers in wood and ivory. It was Ogiso Ere who introduced the royal throne (ekete), the rectangular chiefs stool (agba), the round leather fan (ezuzu), the round box (ekpokin) made of bark and leather, The Sword of Authority (Ada and Eben), beaded anklets (eguen) and collars (odigba), and a simple, undecorated form of crown. He also introduced such domestic articles as wooden plates and bowls, mortars, and pestles. Which were carved by the Onwina; and the wooden heads, carved by the Igbesamwan, which are placed on ancestral shrines. Ogiso Ere died peacefully after a successful reign.

After the death of Ogiso Ere, the country was ruled by the following princes and princesses Orire, Akhuankhuan, Ekpigho, Oria, Emose, Orhorho, Oriagba, Odoligie, Uwa, Hennenden, Obioye, Arigho, and Owodo. Ogiso Emose and Ogiso Orhorho were women, Orhorho was a wicked queen and in consequence she was killed when on her way to Omi, her mother’s native village. There was peace with tranquility and prosperity during the reign of Ogiso Hennenden and the city increased in population.

Comment by Otedo News Update on July 18, 2020 at 1:34pm

osun ematon, Benin
During this [1902 - 1907] period, London-based dealer W. D. Webster was the source for several Chicago-destined Benin objects, among them the upper portion of a diviner's/healer's iron staff. Chameleons, ibis like birds, and miniature blacksmith's tools are the iconographic elements on this wrought-iron insignia.
As with many of the iron staffs by the neighboring Yoruba peoples, this partial Benin staff features birds and iron implements in a larger statement on the complex relationship between righteous and malevolent forces in the universe (Thompson 1975: 56-59; Rebora 1983: 30-32).
Chicago Natural History Museum; Field Museum of Natural History

Comment by Otedo News Update on July 1, 2020 at 9:10pm

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WHAT WERE THE REASONS BEHIND THE BENIN COURT ARTS?
By Paul Osa Igbineweka

The Great Benin Kingdom encouraged arts in various ways; The Bronze casting ( Cire perdue process), Ivory carving, Wood carving, Crafts, Embroidery, Sculpture, Beading, Ceramics, Weaving and Drawing. The Artisans were classified into guilds of Artworks as specified by the name.

The OBA had commissioned Artists to replicate the best of their works for the Royal Court. The Royal Court Altar had the categories of various arts, based on historical events. The Great Benin Kingdom saw art as an instructional edifices and temple furniture. They were objects that revealed the historical events, telling what transpired as captured by the Artist. They represented what modern day picture can reveal of events.

The knowledge of the Great Benin as Art is concerned was above fanaticism. The art objects were never worshiped. The Benins were far ahead in their reasoning to know that God Almighty does not reside in them. As an academically trained artist with this home background, it was quite not surprising to see that those outside the Benin Culture had the assumption that Benin Arts were objects of Worship, especially the fanatical religious people in society.

They could even imagined that the "gods" inhabit them. The best these objects can serve outside the Royal Court for historical purposes, is to be offered as souvenirs. Which is practicable till date.

It is for the same reason, The OBA of Benin, OBA EWUARE II is requesting that the United Kingdom and other parts of the world where the stolen Artefacts of Benin were kept since the British invasion of 1897 be returned for a befitting museum for tourist attraction. It is in the Arts and culture that the Great Benin Kingdom revealed her history.

Comment by Otedo News Update on April 5, 2020 at 6:04pm

Comment by Otedo News Update on March 18, 2020 at 9:28pm

THE EDO WOMAN. The women of Benin Kingdom pride themselves in their traditional attire, which consists of Igbegbe (Velvet), Ivie and Ekan (Coral Beads). Their hair as adorned with Ivie in an elaborate hairstyle known as Okuku.

Comment by Otedo News Update on February 16, 2020 at 6:53pm

*_Benin Was Once A Country:_*

We are Edo people from the great Benin empire, we belong to one of the surviving kingdoms in the world.
As far as Nigeria nation is concern we are not answerable to any tribe nor to any region, we are only answerable to the Benin kingdom.

Should there be any eventual disintegration of Nigeria we will stay alone with our brothers from the old Midwestern state.
We are the Edo people from the Benin empire.

Michael Odeh Anderson
*Leader of the Benin Artefacts Repatriation Campaign Organisation Worldwide (BARCOW)*

Comment by Otedo News Update on December 26, 2018 at 3:18pm

“The Meaning of IGUE Festival and EWERE LEAVES: A photo of CHIEF IHAMA of Ihogbe bringing EWERE LEAVES to the Oba, Oba’s Palace, Benin City, Nigeria. December 1981.The Ewere Festival occurs at the end of December, when the entire population takes part to bring in the New Year with joyful anticipation. Among the Edo, the roots, bark, sap, or leaves of many plants are used medicinally, spiritually, and symbolically. According to legend, the Ewere tree once saved the life of Oba Ewuare, who hid among its broad, large leaves from his enemies. Ewuare decreed that these leaves of good fortune,” ebe ewere, (EWERE LEAVES) would be honored forever in his kingdom. At the Oba’s palace, Ewere leaves are brought by specific delegations of chiefs. They are presented to the Oba by Ihama of Ihogbe and by Esekhurhe, both of whom are descended from the Oba’s royal ancestors at the beginning of the present dynasty.” - Uyi Obaseki

Comment by Otedo News Update on November 26, 2018 at 7:40pm
BLACK AFRICANS MUST RESPECT THEIR SPIRITUALITY, TRADITIONS AND CULTURES...

"A mystical priestess was interviewed in her village Akan in Baoule country (Ivory Coast) and asked" How could God let such horrors occur? "(The destruction of Africa and its people by the Arabs and the whites)
This priestess gave an answer as profound as insightful ..
She said, "I think God has been deeply saddened by all this, at least as much as we have, but for centuries we have been telling God to come out of our lives. Because, by practicing the religion of the Arabs and the whites, we fortify the egregore of their Ancestors and at the same time we weaken the egregore of the Black People and our ancestors.
How can we expect our Ancestors to give us their blessing and protection if we insist on praying to the White or Caucasian and Arab Ancestors? "
Regarding recurrent events, (African invasions, genocides, Arab-Islamic slave trade, European slave trade, colonization, wars of Islamization and Christianization, destruction of spirituality, culture, science, traditions and African technologies, looting of Africa, Falsification and Appropriation of the Prestigious History of Africans, Human Guinea Pigs, Organ Trafficking, Rape, etc ...)
Those who practice the Muslim or Christian religion have said that we should no longer practice our Spirituality, Traditions and Cultures in the name of negrophobic prophets.
Because according to these same Africans, to practice our Spirituality, our Traditions and Cultures, belong to witchcraft, Satanism ... according to them it is diabolical and demonic.
These Africans decree that an Arab or white expert should know what he is talking about on our behalf no matter what he tells us and we must say YES.
Now we wonder why our children do not have conscience, why they do not differentiate between right and wrong, why they can without emotion kill, have sexual practices, deviant unnatural, consume alcohol, Drugs and even use their parents for money rituals.
Probably by deep reflection, we will come to the conclusion that this has to do with the principle of "harvest what we sowed"!
It's funny how simple it is for us Africans to reject our ancestors and then ask why we are vulnerable, why we have become the laughingstock of other peoples, why all the other people make us what they are want, Our continent, this Paradise that God has bequeathed to us has become a hell, so much so that we believe everything that the media and their "specialists" tells us that we are.
Comment by Otedo News Update on January 15, 2018 at 1:09pm

On 6 August 1861, the Bight of Biafra and the neighboring Bight of Benin protectorate (under its own British consuls) became a united British protectorate Bights of Biafra and Benin, again under British consuls:
1861 - December 1864 Richard Francis Bur
ton
December 1864 - 1873 Charles Livingstone
1873 - 1878 George Hartley
1878 - 13 September 1879 David Hopkins
13 September 1879 - 5 June 1885 Edward Hyde Hewett.

From 16 July 1884 this merged into the British protectorate over Brass, Bonny, Opobo, Aboh and Old Calabar (excluding Lagos Colony), which was confirmed on 5 June 1885, and named Oil Rivers Protectorate, where in August 1891 effective consular administration was established, headed by a consul general (5 June 1885 the aforementoned former consul Edward Hyde Hewett became the first). This area would in different steps merge further via the 12 May 1893 Niger Coast Protectorate, 1 January 1900 renamed Southern Nigeria Protectorate (into which on 16 February 1906 Lagos was incorporated), on 28 February 1906 made into the Colony and Protectorate of Southern Nigeria, since 1 January 1914 part of Colony and Protectorate of Nigeria.

 
 
 

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