In many ways the kingdom of benin, which emerged in the Midwestern region of Nigeria among the Edo people of Nigeria, was historically one of the most important of the state and empire of the southern Savannah, forest and coastal regions of west Africa.
In the firstly , it was the first of the kingdoms to emerge in the forest and guinea areas of West Africa. Secondly, it did not owe it's rise and early development to either Islam or the European presence on the coast.
Thirdly, unlike Oyo, Benin never abandoned her capital city which has remained in continuous existence in the same place for about a thousand years.
It's second dynasty, the Oranyan or Eweka dynasty, founded in the thirteenth century, has also remained in power ever since.
It's cultural artifacts are world-famous, and Benin probably exerted a greater influence on the sociopolitical institutions of the states and people of southern Nigeria than did Oyo or any other state.
The pretwentierth history of this old and fascinating state falls into two main phases; the first known as the Ogiso period from the beginning to about 1300;and the second began with the founding of the Eweka dynasty.
Where is the kingdom of Benin situated ?
What factor differentiate Benin from Oyo?
What are the two phases of the Benin kingdom?
The Benin kingdom is situated in the Mid-western region of Nigeria among the Edo peoples of Nigeria
Unlike Oyo, Benin never abandoned her capital city
The two phases are known as Ogiso period from the beginning to about 1300;and the second began with the founding of the Eweka dynasty
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