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T-Gate Hotel
T-Gate Hotel - dream vacation

Plot 28,Happy Street, OlukuBenin City

Florish Hotel Annex
Florish Hotel Annex - dream vacation

1 Community Road, OkirigweBenin City

Meridian Lodge Hotel and Resorts
Meridian Lodge Hotel and Resorts - dream vacation

2 Ademomo Crescent, Etete GRABenin City

Giacomo Hotel
Giacomo Hotel - dream vacation

Km 9, Old Benin Agbor Road, by former RCC, Ikpoba HillBenin City

Wenyos Hotel
Wenyos Hotel - dream vacation

Wenyos Quarters, Off NNPC Road, OlogboBenin City

Ivie Hotel
Ivie Hotel - dream vacation

Etineruba Close, Off Ughelli- Warri RoadBenin City

F-Day International Hotel
F-Day International Hotel - dream vacation

Kilometer 12, Benin-Sapele road, Obe CommunityBenin City

Delta Guest House
Delta Guest House - dream vacation

Patani Road, EkiugboBenin City

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Not to be confused with Benin.

Benin City is one of the oldest cities in Nigeria, dating back to pre-colonial times. It boasts one of the most advanced and organised kingdoms before the arrival of the British. The city used to be the capital of the old Bendel state until this was divided into Edo and Delta. Currently Benin City is the capital of Edo.

Understand

The original people and founders of the Benin Empire, the Edo people, were initially ruled by the Ogiso (Kings of the Sky) dynasty who called their land Igodomigodo. The rulers or kings were commonly known as Ogiso. Benin grew rich during the 16th and 17th centuries due to trade within southern Nigeria, as well as through trade with Europeans, mostly in pepper and ivory. In the early 16th century the Oba sent an ambassador to Lisbon, and the King of Portugal sent Christian missionaries to Benin. Many Portuguese loan words can still be found today in the languages of the area.

On 17 February 1897, Benin City fell to the British in the "Punitive Expedition", in which a 1,200-strong British force conquered and razed the city after all but two men from a previous British expeditionary force were killed. The Benin Bronzes, portrait figures, busts and groups created in iron, carved ivory, and especially in brass, were taken from the city by the British and are currently displayed in various British museums. Some of the bronzes were auctioned off to compensate for the expenses incurred during the invasion of the city. In recent years, various appeals have gone to the British government to return such artifacts. The capture of Benin paved the way for British military occupation and the merging of later regional British conquests into the Colony and Protectorate of Nigeria. Following Nigeria's independence from British rule in 1960, Benin City has been a regional capital.

Get in

1 Benin Airport is a small airport with a few daily flights from Lagos and Abuja, with Arik Air offering the most flights.

Benin is known for its road transport, so a visitor can get to the city from almost any city in the country. From Lagos it takes about 4 hours to get to Benin, but it's best to travel during the day because the bad roads make the journey a lot longer and stressful. From Port Harcourt, its about 4 hours and 30 minutes to Benin. The journey from Port Harcourt is a lot easier because there are better roads on that stretch. The roads in Benin City are not very good and traffic regulations are rarely enforced in this busy city, so hold-ups and traffic jams are common in some parts of the city.

Get around

Getting around in Benin isn't too difficult. The roads are fairly well constructed, and the city is well linked and networked. If you come in by air, there are taxis at the airport to take you probably anywhere you wish to go for an affordable price. And if you come in by road and are taken to the terminal of the transport service, you will also find taxis ready to take you anywhere. Officially, taxis and buses are painted red or rather wine on their body and yellow on the roof. But there are some buses and taxis that don't obey that code.

Most roads lead to the ring road, so to get to some places, you actually have to get to the ring road and then take another bus or cab to your destination. Moving from one part of town to another is usually done by bus but on some routes, you can also take a taxi. There are no standard bus stops in the city so generally when you are in a commercial vehicle that has reached your destination, you would alert the driver by saying "STOP" or "DROP", and then he would come to a halt. Don't hesitate to say this as the driver will certainly take you past your destination if you don't.

The city has a very active night life, and getting around at night time is pretty much the same as getting around during the day time, except that some routes become more dangerous at night time, so take precautions.

Apart from buses and taxis you can also get around the city with motor bikes. But the state has a law that bans the movement of commercial motor bikes between the hours of 7 PM and 6 AM.

See

  • 1 Benin City National Museum (King's Square,CBD). While much of the cultural heritage of Benin has been looted and now resides in British Museum, there are still several interesting artifacts displayed, reflecting the rich history and culture of the Edo people and Benin kingdom.

Do

Buy

Suya (Nigerian equivalent of a barbecue) but much better!

Eat

Edo people love pounded yam and obgolo soup (draw soup).

Drink

Palm wine from local palm wine tappers. Bottled palm wine does not taste as good.

Sleep

  • 1 Randekhi Royal Hotel, 6 Uhenuyi Street (off Ihama Road), ☎ +234 52 895036.
  • 2 Kenbrill Hyatt Hotel, 10 Agbonrofo Street (Off Ettete Street).
  • Hotel Elegance.

Go next

  • Ibadan
  • Lagos
  • Nnewi
  • Warri


Benin: The City of Blood (1897)

Sir Reginald Bacon

Admiral Sir Reginald Hugh Spencer Bacon (1863 –1947) was an officer in the Royal Navy noted for his technical abilities. He was described by the First Sea Lord, Admiral Sir Jacky Fisher, as the man "acknowledged to be the cleverest officer in the Navy". In 1897 he served as a member of the British punitive expedition to Benin, and on his return from active service wrote the book Benin, the City of Blood (1897), describing the campaign. The Benin Expedition of 1897 was a punitive expedition by a United Kingdom force of 1,200 under Admiral Sir Harry Rawson in response to the defeat of a previous British-led invasion force under Acting Consul General James Philips (which had left all but two men dead).Bacon has made his story brief, and at the same time has avoided baldness. Almost at once the reader is put in possession of the facts, drawn irresistibly into line with the expedition, and compelled to follow it through all its hardships and dangers. Scarcely ever has such a complement of men been got together from so great a distance and furnished so completely in so short a time. Nor has a British force had such a task set them as the march along the bush-path to Ologo. The author gives the picture in a few words: “Imagine a country 25¢ a square miles, one mass of forest, without one break, except a small clearing here or there for a village and its compound. Imagine this forest stocked with trees: some 200 feet high, with a dense foliage overhead, and interspersed between these monster products of vegetable growth smaller trees to fill up the gaps. Imagine between all these trees an undergrowth of rubber shrubs, palms, and creepers, so thick that the eye could never penetrate more than twenty yards, and often not even ten. Imagine the fact that you might even walk for an hour without seeing the sun overhead, and only at times get a glimmer of a sunbeam across the path, and you have an elementary conception of the bush country of Benin.” The path through all this was just broad enough for one man to walk in comfort, able only to touch the bush each side with outstretched arms. All was grand overhead, while from the ground came the rank smell of decaying vegetable matter, charged with the germs of malaria. Fighting under such circumstances gives overwhelming advantages to the enemy, but nevertheless Benin was finally taken with but little loss of life. It is difficult in a short space to give any idea of the striking way Commander Bacon brings the horrors and trials of the campaign vividly before the reader; or to give even a vague notion of the loathsome practice of Ju-Ju, or the terrible picture of slaughter and sacrifice Benin presented when it was at last reached. This books should be read not only by those who care for adventure, but also by those who care for history. England has spilt much blood in the doing of unpleasant yet necessary deeds with varying degrees of success; but it is for the reader to determine whether "purging of this 'pest-house,' this decomposing ghastly cesspool, in so summary a fashion" was justified or merely misguided imperialism.This book originally published in 1897 has been reformatted for the Kindle and may contain an occasional defect from the original publication or from the reformatting.

The Benin Plaques: A 16th Century Imperial Monument (Routledge Research in Art History)

Kathryn Wysocki Gunsch

The 16th century bronze plaques from the kingdom of Benin are among the most recognized masterpieces of African art, and yet many details of their commission and installation in the palace in Benin City, Nigeria, are little understood. The Benin Plaques, A 16th Century Imperial Monument is a detailed analysis of a corpus of nearly 850 bronze plaques that were installed in the court of the Benin kingdom at the moment of its greatest political power and geographic reach. By examining European accounts, Benin oral histories, and the physical evidence of the extant plaques, Gunsch is the first to propose an installation pattern for the series.

City Maps Porto-Novo Benin

James McFee

City Maps Porto-Novo Benin is an easy to use small pocket book filled with all you need for your stay in the big city. Attractions, pubs, bars, restaurants, museums, convenience stores, clothing stores, shopping centers, marketplaces, police, emergency facilities are only some of the places you will find in this map. This collection of maps is up to date with the latest developments of the city as of 2017. We hope you let this map be part of yet another fun Porto-Novo adventure :)

Journey to the Motherland From San Francisco to Benin City: By Larry Ukali Johnson-Redd

Larry U. Johnson-Redd

“Journey To The Motherland – From San Francisco to Benin City”Novel by Larry Ukali Johnson-ReddReview By Kola Thomas San Francisco, CA This autobiographical “Journey To The Motherland” is a 170-page novel, but I read it in less than two days. Reading this book was an invocation of the nostalgia to be “at home right now.”This book is written in a style that helps the reader to be transported to Africa and be actively engaged in the dynamic and evolving events of the moment as they unfold. One could not help but follow the “Journey...” and soak in the moments. Perhaps being a Yoruba (born in Nigeria), familiar with the local terrain and socio-cultural manifestations and political landscape of Nigeria; and living in the Bay Area for over twenty-five years – well I travel home periodically - I am able to understand the book better. However, this is a book about a wonderful experience in Africa. One thing that is clear throughout the book is a commitment by the author Ukali Johnson-Redd, to increasing empowerment for African people all over the world. It behooves any one contemplating a visit to any part of Africa; to read “Journey...” A great many brothers and sisters go to Africa, without preparation or some form of orientation. They then experience cultural shock on arrival - shock at the mass of black people taking care of business; shock at the unparalleled and unqualified show of hospitality displayed by the hosts; shock at the high level of intellectual capacity and scholarship; shock at the fact that people are unfazed at whether or not utilities work; and shock at the fact that the urban and rural areas are just as any you will find in the so-called civilized western cities. I could not help but be thankfully amazed at how Brother Ukali has assimilated the local lingo and nuances to a “T.” Talk about “invigilation…” for proctoring a student test - page 124; and dispensing “dongoyaro” – a traditional herbal extract - as the preferred medication for malaria - page 144 - that follows age-long African understanding of traditional therapy – and which Western medicine refuses to celebrate. Perhaps Ukali needs to consider sharing his experience at medical colleges here in the United States.“Journey to Motherland…” is recommended and a definite must read by every one who wishes to get a better understanding of Africa and African ways, its indubitable and welcoming hospitality, and its great culture, educational environment.Kola Akintola-Thomas is CEO of African Global Institute-USA based in San Francisco, California. He can be reached at africanglobal@yahoo.com

City Maps Benin City Nigeria

James McFee

City Maps Benin City Nigeria is an easy to use small pocket book filled with all you need for your stay in the big city. Attractions, pubs, bars, restaurants, museums, convenience stores, clothing stores, shopping centers, marketplaces, police, emergency facilities are only some of the places you will find in this map. This collection of maps is up to date with the latest developments of the city as of 2017. We hope you let this map be part of yet another fun Benin City adventure :)

Zagreb: The Bradt City Guide (Bradt Mini Guide)

Piers Letcher

Zagreb is the latest in the series of Bradt city guides to some of the world's most fascinating, yet less well-known city destinations. With its old-world Austro-Hungarian feel, lively street cafes, and beautiful setting, Croatia's capital is the perfect short-break destination. The city's compact size and unspoilt charm make it an ideal weekend break, with a sparkling cultural scene offering everything from affordable world-class opera to free summer concerts. Features include: *In-depth coverage of Zagreb city and surrounds *Hotels for all tastes and budgets *Restaurants and bars, from the laid-back to that place for a special occasion *Beyond the city: the hidden secrets of the Zagorje and Žumberak regions, woodland walks on nearby Medvednica Mountain, easy cycle tours through the surrounding countryside, and visits to romantic castles

City Maps Save Benin

James McFee

City Maps Save Benin is an easy to use small pocket book filled with all you need for your stay in the big city. Attractions, pubs, bars, restaurants, museums, convenience stores, clothing stores, shopping centers, marketplaces, police, emergency facilities are only some of the places you will find in this map. This collection of maps is up to date with the latest developments of the city as of 2017. We hope you let this map be part of yet another fun Save adventure :)

City Maps Nikki Benin

James McFee

City Maps Nikki Benin is an easy to use small pocket book filled with all you need for your stay in the big city. Attractions, pubs, bars, restaurants, museums, convenience stores, clothing stores, shopping centers, marketplaces, police, emergency facilities are only some of the places you will find in this map. This collection of maps is up to date with the latest developments of the city as of 2017. We hope you let this map be part of yet another fun Nikki adventure :)

City Maps Djougou Benin

James McFee

City Maps Djougou Benin is an easy to use small pocket book filled with all you need for your stay in the big city. Attractions, pubs, bars, restaurants, museums, convenience stores, clothing stores, shopping centers, marketplaces, police, emergency facilities are only some of the places you will find in this map. This collection of maps is up to date with the latest developments of the city as of 2017. We hope you let this map be part of yet another fun Djougou adventure :)

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