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THE HISTORY OF EDO STATE

Edo state,with Benin City as capital, the population
of the entire state is approximately 8 million
people.
It is made up of four major ethnic groups; namely
Edo (Binis), Esan, Owan , and Etsako. However the
State has a high presence of residents from across
the country and the world because of its
cosmopolitan tendencies. Benin City the capital has
a history of being one of the foremost destinations
of Europeans during their exploration of the African
continent many centuries ago. Some of the flash
points have remained enviable tourists’ attractions
for the state.

HISTORY

The Mid-Western Region was a division of Nigeria
from 1963 to 1991, formally known as Bendel state
from 1976. It was formed in June 1963 from Benin
and Delta provinces of the Western Region, and its
capital was Benin City. It was renamed a province
in 1966, and in 1967 when the other provinces were
split up into several states, it remained territorially
intact, becoming a state.
During the Nigerian Civil War , the Biafran forces
invaded the new Mid-Western state, en route to
Lagos , in an attempt to force a quick end to the
war. While under Biafran occupation, the state was
declared as the “Republic of Benin” as Nigerian
forces were to retake the region.
The republic collapsed a day after the declaration
as Nigerian troops overtook Benin City.
Edo State was formed on August 27, 1991 when
Bendel State was split into Edo and Delta States.

PEOPLE

With Benin City as capital, the population of the
entire state is approximately 8 million. It is made
up of three major ethnic groups; namely *Edo
(Binis),
*Esan and
*Afemai (Owan/Etsako) with Akoko Edo. However
the State has a high presence of residents from
across the country and the world because of its
cosmopolitan tendencies. Benin City the capital has
a history of being one of the foremost destinations
of Europeans during their exploration of Africa
continent many centuries ago. Some of the flash
points have remained enviable tourists’ attraction for
the state.

By Victor Aluede G.y

Aluede G.y Victory is a history
enthusiast an a mediapreneur living in Aboru,
Lagos. He studied arts at skills click foundation, he is an alumni of Rehoboth college Aboru, Lagos.

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