One cannot talk about the history of the Nigerian people without first analyzing the influence of the British colonization on the people that now make up the beautiful nation. For instance, such influence wasn't at its initial stage the best influence for the people of Benin, who had one of the greatest, vibrant and prosperous kingdoms originally called Igodomigodo.
Prior to the advent of the Oba system of governance in the ancient kingdom of Benin, the Binis were ruled by a long line of rulers called Ogisos which means “Kings of the skies”, as the Benin people believed that the Ogisos were direct descendants of the sun gods. The last person to bear the title of Ogiso was Ogiso Owodo, who ascended the throne in about 1068 after the demise of his father Ogiso Arigho. Owodo’s reign was fairly peaceful and prosperous for the bini people, except that Owodo had trouble
The kingdom of Benin began in the 900s when the Edo people settled in the rainforests of West Africa. By the 1400s they had created a wealthy kingdom with a powerful ruler, known as the Oba. The Obas lived in beautiful palaces decorated with shining brass. Gradually, the Obas won more land and built up an empire. They also started trading with merchants from Europe. For 200 years Benin was very successful, but in the 1600s the Obas started to lose control of their people. By the 1800s Benin was no longer st
Around the year 900 groups of Edo people began to cut down trees and make clearings in the rainforest. At first they lived in small family groups, but gradually these groups developed into a kingdom. The kingdom was called Igodomigodo. It was ruled by a series of kings, known as Ogisos, which means ‘rulers of the sky’. In the 1100s there were struggles for power and the Ogisos lost control of their kingdom. The Edo people feared that their country would fall into chaos, so they asked their neighbour, th