|PREDECESSORS AND SHORT HISTORY:
founded and ruled by rulers styled Ogiso, ruler of Oyo founds Ile Ibinu
(Benin City) (traditional version) about 1170, Edo becomes the name of
the state about 1470, Royalty suppressed on 9th September 1897 by
reinstated 24th July 1914 . Rulers were...
- Oba EWUARE 1440/1473, during his rule the Kingdom of Benin,
from Idah to the North, Owo and Akure to Igboland, West of the Niger,
become an Empire. The Oba gave Benin a strong central government that
political factions and intrigues of the chiefs. His constitutional
strengthened the Oba against the Uzama and the Palace chiefs. A great
shrewd magician, regarded as a semi-divine monarch, Oba Ewuare gave
City the look and status of an imperial metropolis.
- Oba OZOLUA 1483/1504, 15th Oba of Benin.
- Oba ESIGIE 1504/1550, 16th Oba of Benin, according to some
the Oba could field twenty thousand warriors in one day, and up to
men if necessary. Oba Esigie, in an effort to spread Christianity in
realm sent Ohen Okun, the Olokun priest at Ughoton, as an ambassador to
the king of Portugal to ask him to send priests to Benin to teach him
his people about the Christian Faith. He also allowed churches to be
in the city at Ogbelaka, Idumwerie and Akpakpava. The Oba and the King
of Portugal exchanged valuable gifts and a Portuguese Ambassador was
- Oba ORHOGBUA 1550/-
- Oba AKENGBOI 1669/-, 22nd Oba of Benin
- Oba OREOGHENEN 1689/1700
- Oba EWUAKPE 1700/1712
- Oba OZUERE 1712/1713
- Oba AKENZUA I [Nisonorho]
- Oba ERESONYEN (by Queen
- Oba AKENGBUDA (by Queen
- Oba OBANOSA 1814/1816,
Queen Omozogie, and had issue.
Oba OGBEBOR 1816 (for 8
- Oba OGBEBOR (qv)
- Oba EREDIAUWA OSEMWEDE (by
Oba EREDIAUWA OSEMWEDE
married and had issue. He died 1851.
- Oba ODINOVBA ADOLOR
- Prince Ogbewekon
- Princess Aghayubini,
the Osula's and
Aiwerioghene's of Benin.
Oba ODINOVBA ADOLOR
others), Queen (later Queen Mother), Iyoba Iheya [Iha II], and
issue. He died 1888.
- Oba IDUGBOWA OVONRAMWEN
- Prince Orokhoro
Oba IDUGBOWA OVONRAMWEN 1888/1914
in 1897 by the British authorities), married (amongst others) Eghahe
Arghobahi, and had issue. He died in exile in 1914 at Calabar.
- Prince Ehigie, eldest
son, Enogie of
- Oba AIGUOBASINMWIN
EWEKA II (by
- Prince Usuanlele
- Prince Uyiekpen
- Princess Orinmwiame
- ?Custodio Joaquim de
Oba AIGUOBASIMWIN EWEKA
(amongst others) Ariowa, and had issue. He died 2nd February 1933.
- HH Omo n'Oba n'Edo UKU
EWEKA AKENZUA II (qv)(eldest son)
- Prince Uwaifiokun,
Enogie of Obagie.
- Prince Ogiesoba,
Enogie of Aideyanoba.
- Prince Iyiwuarefo
Eweka, 4th son,
Enogie of Oghada
[cr.1935], had issue.
- Prince Dr. Ademola
second son, born 1945.
HH Omo n'Oba n'Edo Uku
EWEKA AKENZUA II 1933/1978, born 1899 in Benin City, married
1922, Iyoba Agbabowa Ovbi N'Errua [Queen Eson], later Queen
of Benin, born about 1907 in Ishan (#2),
died 1999, and had issue, about 50 children. He died 1st December 1978.
- HH Omo n'Oba n'Edo Uku
AISIOKUOBA AKENZUA EREDIAUWA I (by Agbabowa)(qv)
- Prince Edun Agharese
Chairman of the Benin Centenary Committee.
- Prince Uyiekpen Akenzua
- Prince David Akenzua,
- Princess Elizabeth
- Princess Adesuwa
- Prince Idu Akenzua
- Prince Felix Akenzua
HH Omo n'Oba n'Edo Uku
AISIOKUOBA AKENZUA EREDIAUWA I (see above)
- Prince Clifford Ogiesoba
- Prince Enawekponmwen
Basimi Eweka, born
- Prince Olumuyiwa Iyi-Eweka