QUEEN IDIA OF ANCIENT BENIN KINGDOM.

QUEEN IDIA OF ANCIENT BENIN KINGDOM.

WHAT DO YOU KNOW ABOUT QUEEN IDIA OF ANCIENT BENIN KINGDOM?

Queen Idia was born in Ugiegudu community in Egua Area of Bin.

The date of her birth is not certain but she is said to have live between the late 14th century and mid 15th century. She was the mother of Oba Esigie who reigned from 1504-1550. She was married to Oba Ozolua known as Okpama before his coronation.Idia was a great warrior general who had a lot of conquest before she gave birth to Oba Esigie as she fought and won wars for Oba Ozolua.Idias war dress was significant and unique. According to the royal bards,on her head was a distinctive coral war crown peculiar to her alone. She had three “ifenmwen obi” ( amulets) and poisons arrows on her left arm known as “ebeika’ awey’uhunerhan” (danger never meets the awe bird while perching on a tree ). On her right hand is the “etebetebe”( the war sword).

QUEEN IDIAS ACHIEVEMENTS TO THE BENIN KINGDOM

*She was the first to hold the office of “Iyoba” ( Queen mother), and she was established I USELU as Iyoba wherefore given other women voices to participate in political administration of Benin kingdom.*She brought about the EKASA dance and IGUE festival.
*At the moment Queen Idias carved mask is use as an emblem that represents Benin kingdom; not t to forget , it is used as the badge of the prestigious v we school in the savanna region , University of Benin and a hall of residence for Students in the university is named after her.It is Worthy to note that Idia created a platform that support the struggle for genital equality , the women of Benin were given a position in the kingdom they were heard in history.

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