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Benin Empire Famous Warriors/Generals – Part One

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Benin Empire Famous Warriors/Generals – Part One

The Iyase of Benin: Commander in chief of the warriors/Royal army.

(A) General Ezomo 2nd in command
(B) Ologboshere 3rd
(C) Imaran 4th
(D) Edogun 5th
(E) Ezomurogho 6th
(F) Agboghidi 7th
(G) The ogie of Ebue 8th
(H) The Ohen-Okhuahe of Ogbeghe 9th

General Asoro; a valiant brave man who died resisting the invading British forces during the expedition of 1897.During the siege on Benin, it was said that chief Asoro ably defended the spot where the statue now stands. He said “no other person dare pass this road unless the Oba” (So kpon Oba). It is this statement which has been corruptedo become SAKPONBA.This statue, which is a salute to patriotism and loyalty is located on the king’s Square by the beginning of Sokponba Road,Benin City. The spot where chief Asoro have died after fighting bravely.

General Ologbose Irabor: Continued his resistance of the British occupiers. It was a resistance that lasted two years during which the Benin war commander defeated the Royal Niger Company private army at Okemue and prevented the British penetration of the hinterland and the European traders from establishing trading posts in Benin City. Eventually with the help of their collaborators, in May 1899 the British captured Ologbose Irabor. As expected the British occupiers, in their usual kangaroo court proceedings, the Ologbose was found guilty of being the chief instigator and perpetrator of the Benin `Massacre’. On June 27 1899 he was hanged for defending his land against a group of marauding British thieves who hands were covered with blood and hearts fill with evil intentions”.

Prince General Obuabu: Led punitive expedition to Ibo-land, where he remained for many years fighting the Ibos. He was the eldest son of Oba Ewedo about 1255-1280AD.

General Akpanigiakon of Udo: One of the greatest and the most powerful enemy of Oba Oguola about 1280-1295AD. The Benin moat was dug to fortify the City against General Akpanigiakon and his Udo invaders.

General Ogiobo: Led the punitive expedition that killed General Akpanigiakon and conquered Udo.

                                                                                                        Photo: Arauran -The Giant

General Iken of Uselu: A very powerful chief at Uselu. He led the punitive expedition that fought and conquered the Owos during the reign of Oba Ewuare the Great about 1440-1473 AD.

General Oronmuza the Ogia of Umelu: He led the punitive expedition that conquered Akure during the reign of Oba Eware the Great 1440-1473 AD.

Queen Idia the mother of Oba Esigie about 1504-1550 AD: She took the people of Uselu to war against Idah before she was joined by the Benins Royal warriors and the portuguese missionaries. Idah was conquered.

General Origbo: A powerful chief at Ejide in Siluko during the reign of Oba Ozolua about 1481-1504 AD.

General Elekidi Of Ogbelaka: Betrayed by his wife to the hands of Ozolua about 1481-1504 AD.

General Ogierunmwanbo: A powerful warrior at Oka and father of General Ise of Utekon.

General Ise of Utekon: Opposed Oba Ozolua about 1481-1504 AD for the killing of his father Ogierunmwanbo. In a fierce battle in Utekon general Ise killed Oba Ozolua’s warriors in great numbers and the few that survived fled. Oba Ozolua owed his victory over Ise, to Orinmwioria who betrayed Ise into the hands of Oba Ozolua to be killed.

Source: Edo World

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