Group Honours Victims of British Expedition in Old Benin Kingdom

KOHeroes who fought in the British invasion of Benin Kingdom in 1897, have been honoured by a group, Great Benin Defendants.
The invasion, otherwise known as British expedition, led to adoption of Oba Ovoramwen, who was later deported to Calabar by the British authorities.
They were honoured by the Great Benin Descendants​, on Saturday.
A minute silence was also observed in honour of the fallen heroes.
Coordinator-General of the group, Imasuen Izoduwa, described the expedition as a devastating blow to Benin civilisation.
“Today, Benin has become a place struggling to locate true heroes and heroines…The British expedition was a devastating blow to the civilization of a great people whose legacies were meant to be shining light of the black world.
“We want to use this very moment to remember to remember the heroes of 1897 expedition,” he said.
Prominent among the heroes, is General Ologbosere, also known as Chief Irabor who is believed to have fought gallantly after the conquest of Benin empire before he was killed.
Others are General Ebeikhikhimwin who was a Commander of the battle front at Ughoton, a popular traditional historic​ site in Benin; and General Asoro, the sword bearer to the king who sacrificed his life for his master.
Also honoured were General Okunoghae who was also a sword bearer to the king and General Urugbusi who was Commander at Ologbo battle front, now in Ikpoba-Okha LGA.
The group disclosed that February 14 of every year will henceforth be observed as Queen Iden’s Day, in recognition of her uncommon bravery, love and sacrifice.
Iden was the Queen during the reign of Oba Ewuakpe in about 1700 AD, who allegedly offered herself as a sacrificial lamb for the welfare of her husband (Oba Ewuakpe), for the unification of the entire Benin kingdom.

Author: News Editor

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