HISTORY OF EDO STATE, NIGERIA
The history of Edo State of Nigeria was complied and presently at the 1999 Family Dance of the Edo State Association of Nigerians in Canada by
Mrs. Mercy Iyamu.
Edo State, the heartbeat of Nigeria historical development, was created in 1991 out of the former Bendel State Nigeria. Edo State is bounded by Delta State in the east and Ondo State in the west, Kwara State in the north and Atlantic Ocean in the south. Edo State with its capital in Benin-City, is located in the southern part of Nigeria. The state is divided into seventeen Local Government areas to ease governance.
The local government areas are as follows:
The ethnic groups in Edo State are Edo, Esan, Owan, and Etsako
Edo State believes that the children of today are the leaders of tomorrow, and so invest money on education by establishing good schools and universities. The University of Benin, and the University of Benin Teaching Hospital, located in Benin-City have produced some reputable Medical Doctors, Engineers, Scientiests, etc. Edo State University, Ekpoma was founded by the late Professor Ambrose Ali of blessed memory. Another university was recently approved to be established at Okada in Ovia North Local Government.
Other institutions of learning in Edo State are:
The people of Edo State are great farmers who produce cash crops such as:
Edo State also has tourist centres at Ubiaja, Igara, and Benin Museum and Archives, the Benin Boat, Benin Bronze Casting Articrafts. The Carving Industries attracts tourist world to Nigeria all year round.
Edo State is presently democratically governed by Chief Lucky Noskhare Igbinedion, and also traditionally governed by Oba Erediuwa, Enogies and Chiefs. The people of Edo State are proud preservers of tradition and cultural heritage e.g. Festivals, Masquerade such as "Igbabo Nelimin", greetings, respect for elders, solemnization of marriages and birth of children are also celebrated.
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