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Tourist attraction sites in Benin City
« on: November 19, 2016, 01:19:25 PM »
Benin City (pronounced Beneen Bini) is the capital of Edo State and is steeped in history. The world-renowned Benin bronzes date back to the 15th century when the Oba of Benin ruled the large and powerful Edo kingdom. Bronze making was an art used for the glorification of the Oba. In 1897, a British expeditionary force sacked Benin and carried away many of the finest bronzes to London. This unfortunate incident was as a result of the ambush and murder of the Benin.

Consequently, the Oba was banished to Calabar, but the family was reinstated later by the British. The present oba is a direct descendant. Some of the which were removed to England are on display in the British Museum (see chapter 7) where they aare admired by people from all over the world, but there are several fine examples of the bronzes in both the Benin and Lagos Museum, especially the latter. Today, bronzes-making is still continued in several streets in the city.

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a.   The Oba’s palace is in the centre of the city, south-west of the central roundabout and it is possible
to visit it if a request is made to Oba’s secretary. Festival are held here throughout the year, but the most  important ones are towards the end of the year, in December.

b.   The Benin Museum is situated in the middle of the large central roundabout in the city. It contains examples of the famous bronzes and other historical artefacts. It is open daily from 9:00am to 6:00apm including Sundays. It is proposed to open a Museum kitchen serving Nigerian food.

c.  Bronze craft. There are several streets where bronze making by the ‘lost wax’ process is still practiced, is still practiced, including Igun Street is first left off Sakpoba  Road, just past Leventis Stores at the central roundabout. Samson Aigbe’s workshop is on the left, in Igun Street. O Omodamwen &Sons Art Gallary and workshop is at 7, Oloton Street, off oba Market Road.

d.   Wood carvers. Again, there are several streets where woodcarvers are to be found, but the main one is on the Airport Road, close to the Oba’s palace.




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« Reply #1 on: November 19, 2016, 01:20:15 PM »
e.   Oba’s market This is an extensive market near the Oba’s palace.  All the above places of interest are in the centre of the town, near the central roundabout, so it is very convenient.

f.   Chief Ogiamen’s House. This is situated at 97 Sakpoba Road, which is off the central roundabout. As the sigh outside his house says, ‘This is a fine example of Benin traditional architecture buit before 1897. It is a unique in that no building of a comparable status survived intact the Great Fire which  occurred at the time and destroyed a great part of the city’. It is possible to obtain permission to visit this house through the curator of the museum, or the chief himself if he is in residence.

g.   Benin Moat. Originally the town was defended by a deep moat, stretching right round the city, parts of which are still visible today, and would be of interest to historians. There are plans to renovate these very significant earthworks.

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« Reply #2 on: November 19, 2016, 01:23:21 PM »
Other tourist sites

The Nana’s Palace at Koko on the coast is a worthwhile place to visit. Unfortunately, Koko recently received adverse publicity due to the dumping of toxic  chemical waste in 1988. However, it has since been removed and there should no longer be any danger to visitors.

   Source of the Ethiope River at Umutu near Abraka. There is a spring, and a ‘juju’ tree which is known for its large quantity of frogs.

   Okomu Forest Reserve. The reserve is near Udo, west of Benin City. This reserve contains some of the last remaining rainforest in Nigeria, which is being preserved with the help of the Nigerian Conservation Foundation (NCF). It still has a herd of forest elephant and is home to the white-faced monkey, which is indigenous to Nigeria only.

The forest is an excellent place to see birds and butterflies. Permission to visit the place is usually sought first from the NCF, 5, Mosley Road, Ikoyi, Lagos.. There is a Guest House belonging to the Africa Timber and Plywood (AT & P) in the Reserve, but again, permission to use it must be obtained from AT & P or its parent company (UAC). Alternative accommodation, one hours journey away is at the Okada Wonderland which is signed to the left off the Benin expressway.

 Okada Wonderland has chalets with children’s play parks, fish ponds and a Garden of Honour  with cement statuses of famous people. The accommodation is adequate.

Jakpe is a village on the Benin River not far from the coast, which has a history of early exploration and trade. Only approached by boat.



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