Benin, the ancient city of the 'Igodomigodos'
Seated in a quiet part of the South-South Nigeria
Carpeted with red soils, circled by moats and laced with rivers
Beaten all year round by rains, blessed with woods and foods
Patched with the remains of ancient civilisation -
Bronze arts at 'Igun' and the Festival of 'Igwe',
The royal dance steps of the women and the proudful sways and turns of the men
The special hair cut of the chiefs and the ruby beads which connote royalty
The robes of skirt and shirts distinctly sown to dispaly dignity and regality
The women- queens and princesses in thier traditional robes and head gears
The palace walls of the Monarch - the 'Oba', the owner of the whole world, as they say -
A mud of shiny red beauty
The statue of 'Emotan', the lowly barren woman who helped an Oba ascend his rightful throne,
Stands prominently in the middle of the city
The Holy 'Aruosa' - church of the first white man who stepped on its shores,
Taught the great Oba Ewuare Portuguese and compared it to his own city Amsterdam.
It reminisces with the great massacre of 1897 by Britain,
With ancient histories - of Oba Esigie, 'Iye Esigie', 'Aruan' the great giant, Ogun the Prince and Uwafiokun his brother,
Oba Ewuare the philosopher, Ikaladera the prince who went to' Ile-Ife' and Oba Eweka whose dynasty lingers -
And with customs, shrines and gods which a few still relish.
Now, the city lies quiet with mixture of old and new, hot and cold, bold and weak
Famous for its history and culture.