Oral History

This is to tell our story as Benin people, the way we want it to be told. Benin people teach and learn about their history and culture through oral accounts passed down from one generation to another. These accounts have been preserved for centuries. Read more
Theophilus Umogbai is the Head of Research Department at the NCMM Abuja. He was the Curator of the...
Late Sir Onaiwu Ambrose Ekhoesuehi was a trained forest guard in the colonial Benin Division. He...
Roseline Ogbodu is a performance artist and one of the founders of the famous Edo Cultural Group,...
Prof. Osarhieme Benson Osadolor is professor of history and international studies at the University...
Phil Omodamwen is a Benin traditional bronze caster. He is the sixth generation of the Omodamwen...
Patrick Oronsaye is the great-grandson of Ọba Ovonramwe. His mother was the daughter of Ọba Eweka...
Pa Iyekeoretinomwan Aikpitanyi was in his early seventies at the time of this interview. He was...
Pa Enabulele hails from Iguehana village in Ebue chiefdom. He worked with the Bendel State Urban...
Pa Egbenayaloben Ohenehen was born in 1940 at Orogbo town. He was born into the family of Pa...
Osaisonor Godfrey Ekhator-Obogie is a Research Fellow at the Institute for Benin Studies and...
Elder Ogaimueyen Evbuomwan is a member of the Uselu elders council. He is the secretary of the...
Obeh Okakuo was born and lived in the village of Evbohighae, around seventy kilometres southeast of...
Monday Aigbe and Ewaen Aigbe are both descendants of the Aigbe family of Igun Eronmwon. They are...
John Osazeme Igbineweka is a carver from the Igbesamwan guild. He was born into the family of the...
Jane Ugieresoyen Ekhator was about seventy-seven years old when she was interviewed by the Digital...
James Orebor is an Edo man and an elder of Umelu town along Saint Saviour Road in Ikpoba-Okha LGA,...
Ohen Osa Igbinoghodua Edebiri is the chief priest of Holy Aro Osa (Aruosa) Benin National Church of...
Esohe Iriemwen started pottery making about twenty years ago. She learnt the art at Oka village,...
Dr. Josephine Ebiuwa Abbe is a Lecturer in the Department of Theatre Arts, University of Benin,...
Chief Sam Odighi Udinyiwe Igbe is the Iyase of Benin Kingdom. He was installed as the Iyase of...
Chief Osayomwanbo Osemwengie Ero was born in 1932 at Igueomokhua village at Iyekeorhiomwon, where...
​​Chief Omo-Osagie Utetenegiabi, the Obadologbonyi of Benin Kingdom, is a son of the late Iyase of...
Chief Eguaogie Evbuomwan is the Odionwere of Iyoba Iheya quarter and Odionwere of the entire Uselu...
Bernard Oviamwonyi is a descendant of the Enogie of Umelu town. He is a member of the elders...
Aiko Obobaifo was born in Benin City into the family of the Obobaifo of Benin Kingdom. He is a...