Few things about the Benin Imperial Kingdom
The Oba’s Palace
The Royal Palace of the Oba of Benin is the most prestigious site in Benin and one of the most famous Royal Houses in the whole of Africa. The palace, built by Oba Ewedo (1255AD – 1280AD), is situated at the heart of ancient City of Benin. It was rebuilt by Oba Eweka II (1914 – 1932) after the 1897 war during which it was destroyed by the British. The palace was declared a UNESCO Listed Heritage Site in 1999. It is seen as a sacred site so it has its dos and don’ts — including no wearing of black, no whistling, no pointing at the Oba or his chiefs, etc.
The Benin Moat
The Benin Moat is an iconic monument in Nigeria. It is the largest man-made earthworks in the world that encircles the old perimeter precincts of the City. It was constructed as a defensive barrier in times of war. One of the wonders of the world, it predates the use of modern earth-moving equipment or technology in these parts.
Okomu National Park
Okomu National Park is the smallest of the forest reserves in Nigeria with a forest that covers only 1,082 sq km. It holds a small fragment of the rich forest that once covered the region, and is the last habitat for many endangered species. One can find buffaloes, red river hogs, chimpanzees, leopards, bush baby, putty nosed guenon, porcupine, pangolins, duikers, and antelopes at the park. It is also a sanctuary for the white-throated monkey, one of the rarest in the world