Copies of documents from the Nigerian Government, concerning Oba of Benin, 1926-1946, including correspondence with the Governor on the revision of the Benin-Warri boundary, 1926; correspondence and papers on links between Eweka II, Oba of Benin and Fio Agbano II, King of Glidji, Togo, 1934; correspondence on request from the Oba for the use of armed Nigerian police during burial ceremony for his mother, 1935; correspondence and papers on alleged libel of Akenzua II, Oba of Benin by H O Davies in article 'My Impressions on Nigeria' in the Daily Service , 1940; correspondence on award of CMG to Akenzua II, 1946.
Nigeria: Mid West Affairs: Oba of Benin
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- ReferenceGB 101 ICS 92
- Dates of Creation1926-1946
- Name of Creator
- Language of MaterialEnglish
- Physical Description1 file
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Administrative / Biographical History
The former Kingdom of Benin is situated in SW Nigeria. Ruled by the Oba and by a sophisticated bureaucracy, the African state flourished (14th-17th centuries). Benin sold slaves as well as ivory, pepper, and cloth to Europeans. After a period of decline, it revived in the 19th century with a trade in palm products. The modern Nigerian city of Benin (1987 est. pop. 183,000) served as the capital and was conquered and burned by the British in 1898. Iron work, carved ivory, and bronze busts made in Benin rank with the finest art of Africa.
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