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Thursday, 20 October 2016

The Origin & Facts About "Oba of Benin" You Should Know

Prince Eheneden Erediauwa was today crowned the 40th Oba of Benin Kingdom at a colourful ceremony. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics from the University of Wales, UK. He also has a
Master of Public Administration degree from Rutger University graduate school in New Jersey, USA.

The ancient Benin had been ruled by Ogisos from 40 BC to 1100 AD, the Oba dynasty began in 1200 AD with Oba Eweka I. The Oba of Benin, is the traditional ruler of the Edo people and head of the historic Eweka dynasty of the Great Benin Empire -

The title of Oba was created by Oba Eweka I, Benin Empire's first 'Oba', who is said to have ascended to power at some time between 1180 and 1300. The Oba of Benin was the Head of State (Emperor) of the Benin Empire until the Empire's annexation by the British, in 1897.

In 1897, the British launched a Punitive or Imperialist Expedition, deposed and exiled the then Oba Ovonramwen, taking control of the area in order to establish the British colony of Nigeria. The expedition was mounted to avenge the defeat by the Binis of a British invasion force that had violated Benin territory earlier in 1896. 

It consisted of both indigenous soldiers and British officers, and is still remembered by the Edos with horror today. Under the pretext of covering for the cost of the expedition, the Benin royal art was stolen and auctioned off by the British. Ovonramwen died in 1914, his throne never having been restored to him. His son, grandson and now his great-grandson, however, all preserved their titles and statuses as traditional rulers in modern-day Nigeria.
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Jesse Osayande Vucinic Ehiagwina

Oba Ovonramwen's story is really one that should interest all Edolite. The stolen artifacts are still in the British musuem and all Europe oo. Those savages stole from our land. That's what they've been doing for centuries everywhere they go.

Jesse Osayande Vucinic Ehiagwina

We have a new Oba. May the spirits grant him greater wisdom than those before him. Oba Khato Okpere. ISE.

Endy Edeson

@jesse: The British really took Africans for granted back then. Imagine! no one is prosecuting them from what they stole in Benin

Jesse Osayande Vucinic Ehiagwina

Who will? There's been isolated cases of people returning our artifacts to Benin but not the big ones in the museums around the world. Those people pillaged the land and stole the place. And some Africans will come and tell me the whites were/are superior to blacks. Its lack of history that causes that sorta rubbish. The same rubbish history that teaches our children that Mungo Park discovered River Niger.

Arinze Abuchi Okorie

40th not 39th.

Christian Chukwuka Anamali


The new crown king said it himself that he is ascending the throne as the 40th Oba of Benin, that is counting from the time of Oronmiyan, who himself was the one that led the Bini's just after the collapse of the Ogiso dynasty. Oronmiyan his the father of Oba Eweka I, and most Edos before today referred to Oba Eweka as the first Oba but the new Oba today, discredited that by refering to Oronmiyan as the very first Oba before Eweka his son later took over.....…if u count from Oba eweka then the new oba will be the 39th but if you count from oronmiyan then he is the 40th and he referred to himself

as the 40th........ I hope this settles your question sir

Jephthah David

Endy Edeson Tak Note is 40

Kelly Murphy

Like we care!!! Who cares?

Endy Edeson

@DAVID: & ANAMALI: You are right. I will re-edit later. It's actually 40th as you rightly pointed out

Abdulazeez Sarumi

endy i expect u to talk abt d relationship between oba and odua, cos i had dat he is odua's son

Jesse Osayande Vucinic Ehiagwina

That's a myth

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