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Benin City (Nigeria), The Mighty Medieval Capital Now Lost Without Trace

Benin City

With its mathematical layout and earthworks longer than the Great Wall of China, Benin City was one of the best planned cities in the world when London was a place of ‘thievery and murder’. So why is nothing left? Ancient Benin city was described as ‘wealthy and industrious, well-governed and richly decorated’. This is the story of a lost medieval …

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The Sword Of The Ovonranwen

Oba Ovoramwen, Edo Kingdom of Benin

OKWUNODU OGBECHIE   It is now precisely four weeks since I went to the Musee du Quai Branly to see the exhibition of royal art from the Edo Kingdom of Benin. I needed that much time to wind down from the complex emotions that resulted from my visit. My people, the Ezechime Clan of mid-Western Nigeria, claim origin from Benin …

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