Written by Imasuen Amowie Marvis & Aken Odoligie
One of the many reasons why Benin cannot contemplate allowing the Izons resident in Gele-gele as tenants to continue to disrespect the landlords or carry out illiterate propaganda in that geographical area given to them for fishing is the fact that there are established historical monuments of extreme cultural significance to the Benin people. These Historical Monuments that Defines Gele-Gele are but not limited to:
- The Okun Shrine which was established by the legendary Prince Ekaladerhan early in the 11th century, A
- The landmark monument in Ugbine marking the place where the British invaders first clashed with Oba Ovonramwen’s emissaries, which eventually led to the Benin Expedition of 1897.
- At Ughoton, Oba Ewuare I planted seven ‘U’ bolts (Aban Ihinron) to stop pursuing soldiers from getting to Benin. These seven Aban, planted in the 15th century are still there
- Also at Ughoton is Oke n’ alubode, the hill which was regarded as the exit route of departing souls of the dead by our people.
These are very important historical and cultural monuments to the Benin people, these facts are Historical Monuments that Defines Gele-Gele as an ancient city with bitter and sweet history to the people of Edo. In addition to all these will be the very existence of four traditional Ruler-ship stools in the area and they are:
- The Okao of Gelegele
- The Enogie of Obazuwa-Iko
- The Iyase of Udo
- The Enogie of Siloko
The Benins have been on their land as the most prominent Ethnic Nationality in the entire sub region before the Birth of Christ and that’s why the earliest maps of this part of the world drawn in the 15th century, clearly and correctly designated most of the West Africa as Benin and named the water front along west Africa as Bight of Benin. We cannot therefore, ignore the future and work towards its glorious obliteration, Osanudazi the creator of heaven and earth, Enikao forbids. Those attacking us in our lands are merely trying to rewrite history but this is impossible. The Benin nation will not allow it to happen because we are strong, resolute to the course of our adversaries and our ancestors fought to give us what we now possess and we will not fold our hands for other miserable bastards to claim what is rightly ours.
According to Wikipedia, the Bight of Benin which was long a regional power belonging to the Oba of Benin and the bini’s was a powerful in army and in economy.
It extends eastward for about 400 miles (640 km) from Cape St. Paul to the Nun outlet of the Niger River. To the east it is continued by the Bight of Bonny (formerly Bight of Biafra). The Republic of Benin and this bight were both named after the Benin Empire. On December 25, 2003, UTAGE Flight 141 crashed in the Bight.
Historical associations with the Atlantic slave trade led to the region becoming known as the Slave Coast. As in many other regions across Africa, the powerful indigenous kingdom of Benin along the Bight of Benin relied heavily on a long established slave trade that expanded greatly after the arrival of European powers and became a global trade with the colonization of the Americas. Will it be that modern day Ijaw settlers are mastering a tactics of laying claim to all areas they reside attempting to claim it and call themselves aborigines simply because it is swamp and they know land owners hardly reside in the swamps or are they trying to begin a discuss that will place them in the position of an underdog meanwhile attracting sympathy from the international community, time and actions shall tell.