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The Benin Empire (1440–1897) was a pre-colonial African state in what is now modern Nigeria.

The original people and founders of the Benin Empire, the Edo people, were initially ruled by the Ogisos (Kings of the Sky) who called their land Igodomigodo. The city (later called Benin City by the Portuguese in the late 15th century) was initially founded in 1180 AD by Eweka I the first Oba who changed the ancient name of Igodomigodo to Edo and 'Ogiso' dynasty to 'Oba' dynasty. Consequently Eweka was the first 'Oba'.

Benin Warriors

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