Why did Britain invade Benin?

Why did the British invaded Benin?

To prevent the British party from interfering with annual royal rituals, some chiefs, acting against Oba Ovonramwen’s wishes, ordered the expedition attacked. Six British officials and almost 200 African porters were killed. Britain responded immediately, mounting a so-called punitive expedition to capture Benin.

Why was Benin City destroyed?

Benin City was the principal city of the Edo (Bini) kingdom of Benin (flourished 13th–19th century). It was destroyed in 1897 by the British, who attacked after the Edo assaulted an earlier British expedition, which had been told not to enter the city during a religious festival but nonetheless attempted to do so.

Which is the oldest kingdom in Nigeria?

The Nri Kingdom in the Awka area was founded in about 900 AD in north central Igboland, and is considered the oldest kingdom in Nigeria.

What is the main religion in Benin?

According to the 2013 census, 48.5 percent of the population is Christian, 27.7 percent is Muslim (mostly Sunni), 11.6 percent practice Voodoo, 2.6 percent are members of indigenous religious groups, 2.6 percent are members of other religious groups, and 5.8 percent declare no religious affiliation.

Is Oba of Benin dead?

Erediauwa (22 June 1923 – April 2016) was the 39th Oba of Benin, traditional ruler of the Edo people in Benin City, Edo State, Nigeria.


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Erediauwa I
Died 29 April 2016 (aged 92) Benin City, Edo State, Nigeria
Regnal name Erediauwa
House House of Eweka
Dynasty Oranmiyan Dynasty

Is Benin bigger than Lagos?

It is the fourth-largest city in Nigeria after Lagos, Kano and Ibadan, with a total population of 1,782,000 as of 2021. It is situated approximately 40 kilometres (25 mi) north of the Benin River and 320 kilometres (200 mi) by road east of Lagos.

Benin City
• Density 1,200/km2 (3,200/sq mi)
Climate Aw