In 1897 the British colonialists carried out a punitive expedition against the Benin (a.k.a. Ẹdo) kingdom and ransacked the palace. Till date the Ẹdo people claim to have been very unfortunate and unfair victims of British thuggery and add that it was a major factor that led to the decline of their once glorious land. They even released a movie “Invasion 1897” in furtherance of their attempt at evoking global sympathy seeking justification for their claims of entitlement in the form of reparations. However, this picture that some Ẹdo historians have been painting is delusional and dubious as they have been very economical with the truth.
For quite a while prior to this ransacking of Benin, her people had been raiding other nation and abducting their citizens for use as slaves. To them, having many slaves was a thing of prestige, and her nobles competed among themselves in this regard. For instance, they recall that a particular military chief had more than 10,000 slaves. Haaaaaa! This even beats the highest number of trans-Atlantic slaves ever owned by a single Jew even though the Jews were the main arrowheads and financiers of the trans-Atlantic slavery.
With these in mind it will not be surprising if they tried convincing themselves that they were superior to their fellow black brethren. Such a delusional point of view would have been promoted by the Portuguese, one of the families of the oyinbos, with whom Benin had been exchanging ambassadors. In fact, in every place in Africa where the oyinbos sought for blacks as slaves, they exploited and fueled, even with sorcery, already existing beefs (resentments) to create chaos and disintegration following which they would pretend to intervene and thus present themselves as saviours and their victims as clueless. An example is the Kongo (the ancient Egyptian peoples) which had been existing in unity for about one thousand years until the oyinbo arrived there in 1436 CE. Another is the portion of the Aku (Ọmọ Oduduwa) territory of Guinea (replication of biblical Canaan) where Ifẹ-Owodaye (replication of biblical Judah), Ọyọ and Dahomey (biblical Dan) are situated and were at each other’s throats.
Before the advent of the trans-Atlantic slavery, Benin had been attacking the kingdoms of Ifẹ-Owodaye and this was not only for slave raids. They also unsuccessfully tried to steal the original ade (crown) of Oduduwa, the progenitor of the Ọmọ Oduduwa and grandfather of the eponymous ancestors of the Ọmọ Oduduwa and Benin peoples, from one of the families of the Ọmọ Oduduwa known as Idanre. This was in order to support their lie about being senior to the Ọmọ Oduduwa and being the ancestor of Oduduwa. Like the oyinbos, they took advantage of the internecine strife afflicting their brethren and pillaged and plundered – Ọyọ did same to Ifẹ-Owodaye.
With all these in mind, it is obvious that the “Invasion 1897” was a case of “do unto others as you want done unto you” a.k.a. karma as the oyinbo with whom they were wining and dining never cared about them and gave them the bashing they so thoroughly deserved. It was also a historical fractal as this incident which is of this present (6th) age had occurred during the 4th age which is been well recorded in the bible (e.g. Ezekiel 25 and the book of Obadiah). Archaeologists have also confirmed the sacking of their kingdom.