Oba Akenzua II with Nigerian Governor Bernard Henry Bourdillon


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Oba Akenzua II with Nigerian Governor Bernard Henry Bourdillon
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This photograph of the formally-dressed Oba Akenzua II and the colonial governor, each accompanied by their entourage, was taken at a palace reception held in the open Ugha Ozolua area in front of the palace. The Oba's swordbearer holds the bead-sheathed ada ceremonial sword, while s military orderly grips his colonial staff of office. The decorative pennants have been a palace standard for festive occasions for many decades.


This file appears in: Oba's Palace, Benin City, Nigeria