Ovonramwen, Oba of Benin - This photograph (the first one) shows Ovonramwen, the Oba, with guards on board the Niger Coast Protectorate yacht, SY Ivy, on his way into exile in Calabar in 1897. This photograph of the Oba of Benin, once belonged to Tom Singleton Gardner, an agent for the British trading company, The Africa Association Ltd, who lived in New Calabar, southern Nigeria, from around 1890 to 1917.
The second pic was taken just before his exile….he was mean muggin’ alright.
The Great Oba Ovoramwen Nogba-Isi ( c.1841-1914) Became the oba of Benin kingdom in 1888. He succesfully maintained Benin’s independence from the british and was in control of all trade - this act angered the british government who where very interested in her vast resources. So they pushed for annexation of the territory…well, that didn’t go so well for the Oba Ovaromwen and his people. Long story short…it led to the killings of two british forces. This resulted in the burning of Benin city and the order of the Oba to be hanged by the brits. He escaped and was exiled to Calabar, where he died in exile in Calabar in 1914.