Benin Topic Homework

Date: 22nd Mar 2016 @ 2:39pm

Over summer term, we will be learning all about the fascinating Benin Empire AD 800-1300. There are lots of fasinating historical facts about the Benin Empire and over the holidays, I would like you to find out lots for yourself!

Attached is your list of acticities. At least one must be done over the easter holidays-- have fun!!


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Jasmine wrote:

Facts about the Benin empire

The kingdom of Benin

The kingdom of Benin began in the 900s when the Edo people settled in the rainforests of west Africa. By the 1400s they had created a Welthy kingdom with a powerful ruler, known as the oba. The obas lived in beautiful palaces decorated with shining brass.

Gradually, the obas won more land and built up an empire. They also started trading with merchants from Europe.

For 200 years Benin was very successful, but in the 1600s the obas started to lose control of their people. By the 1800s Benin was no longer strong or United.the kingdom came to a sudden end in 1897, when a British army invaded and made it part of the British empire.

How did the Benin empire kingdom begin?

Around the year 900 groups of Edo people began to cut down trees ams make clearings in the forest. At first they lived in small family groups, but gradually, these groups developed into a kingdom

Joe S wrote:

That's fascinating!!!

Leah wrote:

You have put in a lot of effort jasmine well done.

Joe S wrote:

Facts about the Benin Empire

The Benin Empire started in 40 BC and ran until 1400 AD.It was when the Edo settlers started moving into the rainforests of Africa in the west.

One of the leaders was named Oba. He made a wealthy kingdom in the 1400s and he was a powerful leader.
1.The ancient kingdom of Benin was situated in the South East Coast of West Africa, an area forming part of modern Nigeria.
2.The people did not write down their history but transmitted it through their oral culture, their art and their legends.
3.It is thought that the Edo people first lived in villages which were governed by elders. For reasons of trade or security the villages came together to form larger settlements which eventually grew into the city state. The name they gave their territory was Igodomigodo.
4.By 900 CE the people were smelting copper and zinc ores and casting brass to produce a range of fine metal work.
5.The earliest rulers of Benin were called Ogisos. The first Ogiso King was Ogiso Igodo who ruled from 40 BC to 16 BC.
6The Ogisos were believed to be descended from Pa Idu, the youngest son of Osanobua (God). They were thought to have God-like qualities and were worshiped by their people.
7.The Ogisos ruled with the assistance of a council of elders called the Edionisen or King makers. This was comprised of four elders of good reputation.
8.The people of Benin were animists. This means that they believed that non-human objects and animals had souls and spirits. They also practiced human sacrifice.
9.The were famed for their skilled craftsmanship. The second Ogiso, Ogiso Ere, introduced a guild system to ensure the high quality of goods.
10.The Ogiso or first dynasty of Benin was succeeded by the second dynasty, ruled by the Obas. It was under the Obas that Benin civilization reached its height.

They were known for great craftsmanship when come to metal. They molded items out of bronze. There houses were also filled with gleaming bronze.

I hoped you enjoyed my little explanation.

Weronika W wrote:

The Benin Empire was a pre-colonial empire located in what is now southern Nigeria. Its capital was Edo, now known as Benin City, Edo.


The first name of the Benin Empire, since its creation some time in the first millennium CE, was Igodomigodo, as called by its own inhabitants. Their ruler was called Ogiso.On the death of the last Ogiso, a group of Benin Chiefs led by Chief Oliha came to Ife, pleading with Oduduwa (The Ooni) to come reign as King in Igodomigodo (later known as Benin City in the 15th century during Oba Ewuare) to ascend the throne. Oduduwa's reply was that a ruler cannot leave his domain but he had seven sons and would ask one of them to go back to become the next king there.

Golden Age,

The Oba had become the mount of power within the region. Oba Ewuare, the first Golden Age Oba, is credited with turning Benin City into City States from a military fortress built by Ogiso, protected by moats and walls. It was from this bastion that he launched his military campaigns and began the expansion of the kingdom from the Edo-speaking heartlands.

Emily wrote: wrote:

Facts about the Benin Empire

The languages that are spoken in Benin are French, Fon and Yoruba. Before August 1, 1960 France ruled over Benin but now Benin is no longer ruled over by France. On the very same day Benin had to replace the French flag to there own. Porto Novo, Adjatche and Hogbonou are all the names of the one capital city in Benin. Apparently the most popular national sport in Benin is soccer. Cotonou is the largest city in Benin. Benin has a tropical climate with a humid and hot weather throughout the year. The colours of the flag are green , red and yellow. Green smybolizes for hope for renewal, the red denotes the ancestors' courage, and the yellow represents the country's richest treasures.

Macy wrote:

The Fascinating Kingdom of Benin

The kingdom of Benin was an interesting place. It was tucked into the forest region of Africa. It began in BCE times and was not conquered until the 1800s by the British. That's a long time. The people developed some unique things as their civilization developed.

One of those unique things was their art. They wove cotton fabrics with stripes of color. Their carved wood masks are still world famous today. Their art was playful and fun. Art and fabric made by Benin artists were in high demand by other civilizations and tribes.

Many people in Benin were farmers. Farming was perceived as a specialized profession. Other specialized professions included artists, musicians, traders, weavers, builders, magicians, warriors, witchdoctors, blacksmiths, fishermen, government advisers, and storytellers! Some people had more than one specialized profession. They might be a farmer and a musician.

They did not have a written language. Kids did not go to school. Instead, in the evening, the people in each village would collect around the evening campfire. That's when the storytellers would weave their tales. There was no formal schooling, but education occurred during storytelling time.

The capital city and the kingdom were both called Benin. Benin, the city, was laid out in long, straight streets. Houses were built in Benin. They lined the long streets. They had covered porches. Some had many rooms. The palace was the most splendid home in the city. It was the only home open to visits by special Dutch and Portuguese traders, and even then, traders were not invited until the 1600s.

Harrison wrote:

Facts about the Benin Empire!

If you want to know some intresting facts about the Benin times,read on...

The Benin Empire started in 40BC and it ended in 1400AD.

The Oba is the king,and the Benin people use to make tiles with faces on and they thought that the face was watching them (or that they was alive!)

Top 5 facts:
1)The Benin city is located in Nigeria.
2)They use to make tiles out of bronze.
3)Animals lived there like lions,zebras and so on.
4)There was an unusual instrument called the "thumb piano".
5)If they did something wrong,they would get there head chopped of with an axe...


Who found the thumb piano?
Who made the first ever bronze tile?
Do the Benin people have wild animals for pets?

There you go,some very intresting facts about the Benin times.

Skyla H wrote:

1• The ancient kingdom of Benin was situated in the south east coast of West Africa, an area forming part of modern Nigeria.

2• The people did not write down their history but transmitted it through their oral culture , their art and their legends.

3• It is thought that Edo people first lived in villages which was governed by elders. The name they gave their territory was Lgodomigodo.

4• By c900 CE the people were smelting copper and zinc ores and casting brass to produce a range of fine metal work.

5• The earliest rulers of Benin were called ogisos. The first ogisos kingwas ogisos Lgodomigodo who ruled from c40 BC to 16 CE.

Hope you enjoy my Benin facts.

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