AFRO-CULTURE MONTH: The Royal Kingdom of Benin’s Court Culture


AFRO-CULTURE MONTH! – This is a wonderful story on the art of the Royal Kingdom of Benin. It also covers the politics and social customs of the Royal Court of Benin too. Benin was a powerful nation-state in ancient West Africa. 

The Kingdom of Benin, (also known as the Edo Kingdom, or the Benin Empire) was a a powerful kingdom in West Africa in what is now southern Nigeria. Nigeria is a powerful oil state nation in West Africa and one of the most populated too. Nigeria was also a part of the British Empire during colonial times.

It is not to be confused with Benin , the modern-day nation-state. The Kingdom of Benin’s capital was the city of Edo, now known as Benin City in Edo state. Nigeria is divided into provinces and states. The Benin Kingdom was “one of the oldest and most highly developed states in the coastal hinterland of Africa.” They were advanced in metals and art. They had cities with plumbing and clean water.

So this month and into the future, please dispel any racist thoughts of Africa. Sit back and learn another world and get inspired.


Benin Plaques, Edo peoples, Benin kingdom, Nigeria c. 1530-1570, Edo peoples, Benin kingdom, Nigeria (Museum of Fine Arts, Boston) Speakers: Dr. Kathryn Wysocki Gunsch, Teel Curator of African and Oceanic Art, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and Dr. Beth Harris