Benin City Edo State Nigeria - Ancient City In Need Of Change
Benin city is the capital of Edo state, one of the 36 states of Nigeria. The city is one of the ancient cities of the world known for its craftmanship. In fact, when the British invaded the old Benin kingdom in 1897, a key reason was the artifacts of Ivory, bronze and iron.
The British military force must have stunned the gods of the old Benin kingdom with ammunition that surpassed what the gods could handle. So, the beloved kingdom fell flat.
The good news is . . . Benin City is no longer that ancient city.
Today the old "Benin Kingdom" is a modern city with all the hustle and bustle of city life. As the pictures on this page show, Benin has indeed moved forward. [click HERE to see more pictures of modern Benin].
The mud houses that characterized the old Benin Kingdom is all gone. They have been replaced with beautiful architecture, good network of roads, a bustling commercial centre, and all the bells and whistles of city life.
However, the city is not growing as fast as it should.
I spent 19yrs of my life in Benin City, so I know. I know the potentials of these people. I know their commitment to education and creativity. And I know they have not used their potentials to the full.
The passion to travel abroad has eaten so deep that even some parents do not mind sending their young daughters away to Europe for prostitution. For them, it's all about the money. These parents do not care about the life their young men and women will live in the countries they travel to. They just want the money, irrespective of how the kids get it.
Many who were unable to travel overseas or who were deported from the countries they traveled to with illegal documents, have become criminals who terrorize fellow residents of Benin.
I was in Benin sometime early April 2009 and the fear in the city over criminal activities by youngsters was so thick you could slice it with a knife. Arm robbers raided three different homes in a street in Uselu within the same week. Many homes in Benin City are under lock and key by 7pm.
Haba! Benin . . . Wake UP!
I spent almost two decades of my life living among the Bini people. And I can tell you this for sure: Benin people are smart, intelligent, tough-minded and resilient.
Use this ingenuity and creativity for purposeful work.
Re-brand Benin kingdom.
Re-build Benin City. Promote Godliness and love of neighbour.
Parents . . . stop throwing your kids to the dogs. And stop promoting prostitution and illegal practices just to make money through your kids. Life is much more than that.
As Jesus said: "A man's life does not result from the things he possesses".
Learn what this means and Benin could become a haven of peace, security, justice, fair play, and mass investment by foreign investors.
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