Monday, 13 January 2014

Remembering Oba Ovonramwen

It is 100 years ago today.

Read this: http://kingdomofbenin.weebly.com/oba-ovonramwen-interview.html

Sunday, 12 January 2014

Commemorating Oba Ovonramwen Poem 4

Oba Ovonramwen the Great was the last king of the old Kingdom of Benin. He was disposed of by the British in 1897 after their punitive expedition. He died in exile on Tuesday 13thJanuary 1914. These weekly poems commemorate him.


Oba Ovonramwen

Oba Ovonramwen, 
Selfless leader,
Determined, strong, 
History maker, 
History keeper,
Heritage defender,

Great military leader,
Guardian of traditions,
Role model for all ages. 


Sunday, 5 January 2014

Commemorating Oba Ovonramwen Poem 3

Oba Ovonramwen the Great was the last king of the old Kingdom of Benin. He was disposed of by the British in 1897 after their punitive expedition. He died in exile on Tuesday 13thJanuary 1914. These weekly poems commemorate him.


Poem 3

After the Punitive Expedition

After the Punitive Expedition; after the burning, 
After the looting, terracotta figures, ivory and bronze plaques,
Sold off in England and France, Germany and America too,
Museums, private collections, it has become quite a narrative;
Sold here, sold there, auction here, auction there, 
Scholars and visitors to museums, say ‘cheese!’
'That is my history you know;', you hear everywhere,
Museums, private collections, it has become quite a narrative;
After the Punitive Expedition!

Sunday, 29 December 2013

Commemorating Oba Ovonramwen Poem 2

Oba Ovonramwen the Great was the last king of the old Kingdom of Benin. He was disposed of by the British in 1897 after their punitive expedition. He died in exile on Tuesday 13thJanuary 1914. These weekly poems commemorate him.

Poem 2

Oba Ovonramwen

Oba Ovonramwen,
Was not enticed by
Promises of overseas education,
Of rich presents,
Cameras and all;
Definitely not the occupiers’ friendship;

Rather he,
Demanded his country’s dues,
Defended his people’s sovereignty,
Sent soldiers to protect his borders,
Defended his country 
To the last soldier standing.

 The British,
 Sent a punitive expedition
 Against his country
 In 1897 
 At great expense to themselves;
 Did exile, Oba Ovonramwen the Great!


Sunday, 22 December 2013

Commemorating Oba Ovonramwen Poem 1

Oba Ovonramwen the Great was the last king of the old Kingdom of Benin. He was disposed of by the British in 1897 after their punitive expedition. He died in exile on Tuesday 13thJanuary 1914. These weekly poems commemorate him.



Have you heard it tell?

Have you heard it tell that:
His Majesty Oba O’s country 

Was abundantly rich in, 
All manner of natural resources,
Rubber, cocoa, cotton, palm kernel and more. 

Have you heard it tell that:
His Majesty Oba O’s country
Received annual tributes from 
All neighbouring countries;
Yams, fabric, palm wine, kola nuts and more.

Have you heard it tell that:
His Majesty Oba O’s country
Had many elephant tusks;
Everyman gave one to the king,
Kept the other for himself.

Have you heard it tell that:
His Majesty Oba O’s country
Grew rich in ivory; 
Oba O stacked ivory in his storerooms,
Instead of selling them to enrich himself.

Have you heard it tell that:
His Majesty Oba O’s country
Used ivory and imported expensive metal,
To record their history
For future generations to learn about. 

Have you heard it tell that:
His Majesty Oba O’s country
Was vandalized by some savages;
They ransacked the storerooms
Taking all that history with them.

Have you heard it tell that:
His Majesty Oba O’s country’s
Crafted history in ivory and bronze,
Are in museums all over the world
For all generations to come. 

Have you heard it tell that:
His Majesty Oba O  died
One hundred years ago;
That he will be remembered
For generations to come.

Have you heard it tell; 

On January 13th  1914.

Oba Ghato, Okpere;
Long Live the King
Ise!


Wednesday, 18 December 2013

100 years ago

Remembering his Majesty Oba Ovonramwen Nogbaisi, who ruled the Great Kingdom of Benin 1888 – 1897.


Sunday, 15 December 2013

100 years ago

Please remember January 13th 1914, when our great king Oba Ovonramwen Nogbaisi (ruled 1888–1897) departed this world.

Long Live Great King Ovonramwen!
Long Live Kingdom of Benin!
Long Live the King!

Ise!