Sculpture of Oba Ovoranmwen, who has given his name to the square


This file appears in: Ring Road, Benin City, Nigeria
Sculpture of Oba Ovoranmwen, who has given his name to the square
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This naturalistic sculptural group rises above the traffic on a Neoclassic plinth. It depicts Oba Ovoranmwen, who ruled Benin at the time of its 1897 colonization. Exonerated of an active role in ambushing an earlier contingent, he was nonetheless exiled to Calabar for the remainder of his life, the throne remaining empty until his son was crowned Oba Eweka II in 1914. The Oba is here flanked by an omada palace page, who would have been nude in 1897, and the chief who carries his eben. Two oversized leopards round out the group; they are considered the Oba's symbolic counterparts because of their beauty and deadliness.


This file appears in: Ring Road, Benin City, Nigeria