The Benin Monarchy -the first anthology of its kind offering an expansive examination of the history of a nation.

Infused with the grandeur, history, artistic accomplishments, and challenges that have arisen over the centuries, The Benin Monarchy: An Anthology of Benin History is the first of its kind offering an expansive examination of the history of a nation.

The Kingdom of Benin, now a part of Nigeria, has a remarkable and complex history; epicentre of the largest historical empire ever established in the ‘rainforest belt’ of West Africa, today it looks to compete with the most modern states within the continent whilst losing none of its unique heritage.

Tracing the development of the Kingdom of Benin from the earliest times to the rise of the current monarchical dynasty, a royal line that has endured over 800 years, the reader is taken on a journey that includes trade with Europe, the vicissitudes of colonial and post-colonial periods and culminates in the country we see today. The politics, religion, military, economy, society and art of Benin, including the renowned Benin bronze and ivory artworks scattered across museums across the world –from The British Museum to the MOMA in New York and the Ethnological Museum in Berlin– are covered by expert contributions from leading scholars providing a comprehensive anthology intended to be both informative and documentary in its scope.

Further chapters on the most recent social and economic projects undertaken by the current Oba, His Royal Majesty Omo N’Oba N’Edo Uku Akpolokpolo, Ewuare II, Oba of Benin, in particular the fight against human trafficking, makes the volume even more timely and sharply relevant.

Complimented by superb anthropological-style photography and stunning illustrations, The Benin Monarchy: An Anthology of Benin History is a must-read for anyone interested in the history and culture of Benin in particular, and Africa in general.

Born Prince Eheneden Akenzua, His Royal Majesty Omo N’Oba, Ewuare II uniquely ascended the throne of his forefathers on his birthday, 20 October 2016, as the 40th Oba of Great Benin.

His Royal Majesty Oba Ewuare II was educated in Nigeria, the United Kingdom and the United States of America. While His Royal Majesty was undertaking his undergraduate degree in the United Kingdom, tragedy struck and he lost his dearest and closest family member, his mother and his maternal grandmother before his final exams. On his return to Nigeria, he went on to undertake the National Youth Service Scheme (NYSC), which he carried out at the Nigerian Institute of International Affairs (NIIA) in Lagos. At the completion of his NYSC, he took the decision to venture into the corporate world, setting up several business ventures, rather going into the National Civil Service as his father had done. He was, however, to later join the International Public Service when he served as Nigerian Ambassador to several countries before ascending the ancient throne of Benin in 2016.

Mr. Oriiz Onuwaje is a Nigerian-British roving entrepreneur in the cultural and creative arts industry specialising in fashion design, print production, digital media and marketing. He has worked internationally, in particular in Canada where he worked as Creative Director at Consignia Canada Inc. and at DPI Inc. Canada and the UK where he took up an appointment as a Design and Print Production Manager at MacMedia UK. Limited and with MTSD, Commonwealth Secretariat as Design Consultant.

After returning to Nigeria he deployed his creative ingenuity, harnessing them to drive an artistic vision in the design and publishing industry, founding the Alizarin Crimson Limited. A flagship from the Alizarin Crimson Limited is the quarterly journal entitled Masterpiece: The Art of Fine Living. His very recent work is the classic entitled The Benin Monarchy: An Anthology of Benin History (2018), where he featured as editor, as well as leading the creative and production aspects of the book, under the Wells Crimson Limited as publishers.

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