I come in peace, says Egbema Clan king

His Royal Highness, Henry Ekebilegha Binidodogha, the Ojuaga 1 of Egbema Clan in Ovia South West Local Government Area of Edo State, has appealed for peaceful coexistence in his domain. He made the appeal while reacting to alleged plans by some elements from Delta State to instigate the peace loving people of his domain to resort to violence and make the state ungovernable as a result of his ascendancy of the kingship position of his clan. Binidodogha disclosed that his ascendancy of the traditional stool of his clan since March…

Idia Mask means a lot to the world, says acting teacher

Israel Wekpe, Director of the stage play, Idia, an African Queen, written by Don Pedro Obaseki, has called on the British Government to return the Idia Mask which was one of the artefacts stolen by the British from Benin Kingdom several years ago. “Idia means a lot to Benin. It means a lot to Nigeria. It also means a lot to Africa and the world. For me, it is the most beautiful mask in the world. And I think we begin to talk about reparation which is the thing as it…

Rights activist defends Uniben Vice Chancellor of infraction at Benin Palace

Chief Patrick Osagie Eholor, President of the One Love Foundation and social crusader, has in an exclusive chat absolved the Vice Chancellor of the University of Benin, Professor Lilian Imuetinya Salami, of any wrongdoing as it concerns her alleged breaking of Benin Palace protocol recently. Excerpts: On Professor Lilian Imuetinya Salami’s infraction at the Benin Palace  As a matter of fact it is better to be a friend to the palace than to be an enemy of the palace. For those who are not prepared to be friendly with the palace…

Uniben VC’s unbecoming behaviour at Oba of Benin’s Palace

Lilian Salami, the Vice Chancellor of the University of Benin, reportedly broke protocol at the palace of the Oba of Benin, His Royal Majesty, Omo N’Oba N’Edo Uku Akpolokpolo, Oba Ewuare 11, N’Ogidigan, last Tuesday. Insiders said that she had been at the palace to join in the annual Igue-Ewere(Ugie) cultural festival. According to information reaching our news desk, all was going on smoothly until the Vice Chancellor who led the management of the institution to pay homage to the Benin monarch knelt down, raised up her hands over her…

Igue Festival: Obaseki felicitates with Benin Monarch

Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, has congratulated the Benin Monarch, Omo N’ Oba N’ Edo, Uku Akpolokpolo, Ewuare II, on the celebration of Igue Festival. In a statement, Obaseki said: “On behalf of the Government of Edo State, I felicitate with the Omo N’ Oba N’Edo Uku Akpolokpolo, Oba Ewuare II, the Oba of Benin, all Edo people and our friends within and outside the state on the annual Igue Festival celebration. “It is our prayer that the New Year brings more blessings, prosperity and development to the Kingdom…