Friday, 25 January 2013

Inside A Rainforest Royal Court

Inside a Rainforest Royal Court presents history of the Great Kingdom of Benin (Not to be confused with former Dahomey) in two parts through a look at palace life and through growing up experiences of the kingdom’s children.

The kingdom, founded around 40Bc was at its height between the 14th and 16th century.

Here is the link on Amazon:


Thursday, 17 January 2013


Childhood for Edo children was a time of great enjoyment, discovery and fun.




In the evening / night time


Wednesday, 16 January 2013

End of Old Kingdom

The end of an era

Activity: Write an illustrated account of the events of the punitive expedition in 1897.

Sequence of events 

The end of an era! 

Breaking news story
Kingdom of Bini falls

It is February 1897. You are a newspaper reporter, write an article.

Tuesday, 15 January 2013

Modern Benin

The Benin traditional institution has since changed in a number of ways including:

The Oba of Benin in sitting.
 Make a sketch drawing of one of his personal attendants.

Sunday, 13 January 2013



·       Map of Africa,

·       Map of Nigeria from

·       Map of Southern Nigerian ancient and modern.

·       Postcards from Nigeria,

·       Museum educational packs e.g. The British Museum

·       Channel 4 history series pack

·       Internet search engines.

·       Oral Bini stories

·       Videos of current Bini tradition practices

·       Photographs of Oba of Benin regalia

·       Range of reference books on ancient Benin

·       Range of reference books on ancient African empires

·       Materials for Bini arts and crafts

·       Benin: pictures from an African Kingdom - Channel Four

·       Oral sources

·Kingdom of Benin Blogs


Web links:


Educational visits:

·       The British Museum

·       Horniman Museum

·     Museums across the world with collection of Benin Bronzes