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BRIEF HISTORY – Benin vs Igala War

By Ehis Agbon @Ehis_Peacemaker

The Benin vs Igala war was a significant conflict that took place in the 15th century between the Benin Kingdom, located in present-day Nigeria, and the Igala Kingdom, also in Nigeria. The war was primarily fought over territorial control and trade dominance in the region.

At the time, both the Benin and Igala Kingdoms were powerful and influential states in West Africa. The Benin Kingdom, known for its advanced military tactics and artistic achievements, had established a prosperous trade network with European powers, particularly the Portuguese. On the other hand, the Igala Kingdom was known for its well-organized administrative structure and control over important trade routes.

The war between the two kingdoms began when the Igala Kingdom attempted to assert control over some of the trade routes that the Benin Kingdom relied upon. The Benin King, Oba Ewuare the Great, responded by launching military campaigns to protect his kingdom’s interests and maintain control over the lucrative trade routes.

The conflict lasted for several years, with both sides experiencing victories and defeats. The Benin Kingdom, with its superior military tactics and weaponry, was able to gain the upper hand in many battles. The Igala Kingdom, however, put up a strong resistance and managed to hold its ground in some instances.

Ultimately, the war ended with a negotiated settlement between the two kingdoms. The Benin Kingdom maintained control over its trade routes, while the Igala Kingdom retained some territorial autonomy. The conflict had significant repercussions for both kingdoms, leading to changes in political alliances and trade dynamics in the region.

The Benin vs Igala war remains an important event in the history of both kingdoms, highlighting their military prowess, political ambitions, and the complex dynamics of power struggles in pre-colonial West Africa.

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