Executive Producers: 




OBARO IKIME obtained a BA degree in History from the University of London in     1961 and a PhD from the University of lbadan in 1965. As part of his work for his Ph.D degree, lkime spent the 1962/63 session at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London where he benefitted immensely from the weekly staff and postgraduate seminars of SOAS under the supervision of D. H. Jones, one of the most renowned authorities on African history. 

 He became a Professor of History in October 1973 and served in the celebrated History Department of the University of lbadan as Director, Institute of African Studies (1975- 1976); Head, Department of History (1976-1979 and again 1987-1990); and Dean, Faculty of Arts, August 1979-1981.

lkime was Visiting Professor, Department of History, University of Califomia, Los Angeles USA (January-March 1975); University of California, Berkeley (April-June 1975); Harvard University Summer School (July-September 1975); and University of Benin, Nigeria (October 1981-September 1982). A Fellow of the Historical Society of Nigeria since May 1982, Professor lkime once served as President of the Society. He retired from the University of lbadan in 1990, joining the Ordained Ministry of the Ibadan Diocese of the Anglican Communion in December 1995 as a Deacon. He retired in 2007 as Archdeacon and currently lives in lbadan.


Professor lkime has authored several books, including Merchant Prince of the Niger Delta (1968); Niger Delta Rivalry (1969); The lsoko People: A Historical Survey (1972). The Fall of Nigeria: The British Conquest (1977); History, The Historian and The Nation (2006). He also edited Groundwork of Nigerian History (1980). He has also contributed book chapters and articles to learned publications, and in collaboration with Michael Crowder, he edited West African Chiefs (1970).

Professor Ikime is the Executive Consultant for the Red Book ReLoaded project.


PHILIP AIGBONA IGBAFE, a Professor of History and international Studies, has lectured at various Nigerian universities since 1964. He retired from the University of Benin in 2006 and now lectures at Benson Idahosa University, Benin City. Professor Igbafe is unarguably one of the preeminent authorities on Benin history and an internationally acclaimed scholar.

  He is the author of Obaseki of Benin (Heinemann, London 1972), Benin  Under  British Administration; The impact of  Colonial  Rule  on African  Kingdom. 1897 —1938 (Longman, London, 1979), The Nemesis of Power: Agho Obaseki and Benin Politics 1897 -1956 (Macmillan,1991, revised and reprinted 2016 (Mindex Publishing Company, Benin City), His forthcoming volume is Troubled Times: Politics, Power and Conflicts in Benin, 1991 – 1993. He has also published widely and internationally in numerous books and academic journals, He is a Fellow of the Historical Society of Nigeria, and recipient of the national honour of Member of the Order of the Federal Republic, MFR.


KOKUNRE AGBONTAEN-EGHAFONA has degrees in History, Archaeology and Anthropology, and a Certificate in Museum Studies from the Universities of Benin, Ibadan, University of Nigeria, Nsukka and New York University.

Professor Eghafona taught Archaeology at the University of Ife (1984–1989) and was a Museum intern at the Transit Museum and Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, (1990– 1991). She has been a lecturer in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology, University of Benin since 1992. Her research interests are in oral literature and ethnography, cultural resource management with emphasis on museum studies and tourism, the peoples and cultures of Nigeria and Africa, indigenous knowledge systems, and qualitative research methodology. Professor Eghafona has over fifty academic publications to her credit, including Change and Continuity in Traditional Institutions: The Benin Example (1988); Benin City Arts and Crafts Heritage (1990); Art, Power Politics, and Interrelatedness of Social Classes in Pre-Colonial Benin (1995); The Impluvium- Courtyard (Oto-Eghodo) in Indigenous Benin Architecture (1996); An Assessment of Four Centuries (15th–19th) of Benin Art Production (1997); Benin Dressing in Contemporary Nigeria: Social Change and Crisis of Cultural Identity (2005); An Evaluation of the Principles of Primogeniture and Inheritance Laws among Benin People of Nigeria (2007).


OSARHIEME BENSON OSADOLOR is a Professor in the Department of History and International Studies, University of Benin, Benin City, Nigeria. He teaches African history, specialising in African historiography, military and security studies with related research interests in the study of the Benin Empire.

 He has published landmark articles in scholarly journals, monographs and books in Africa, the United States, and Europe. He has won several academic laurels and prizes. He was the Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence at the Morgan State University, Baltimore, Maryland, USA for the 2008/2009 academic session, with engagement in the African Seminar at the Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore. He won two awards from the Council for International Exchange of Scholars, Washington, DC, as an Occasional Lecturer to Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA and San Diego State University, California, USA for the Spring Semester 2009. He was the German Academic Exchange Scholar at the University of Hamburg, Germany (1995), and a Laureate of the Governance Institute (1994) of the Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa (CODESRIA). His PhD thesis, Military System of Benin Kingdom c.1440-1897 at the University of Hamburg (2001) is a major contribution to the development of African historiography. It examines how the reforms introduced by Oba Ewuare the Great (c. 1440–1473) established an effective political monopoly over the exertion of military power, and which launched Benin on the path of conquest, expansion and empire-building from c.1440 to 1897.


BARBORA PŮTOVÁ is a Czech anthropologist and art historian lecturing at the Faculty of Arts, Charles University in Prague. She is the author of many articles, author Prehistoric Art: Evolution of Man and Culture and editor of The Genesis Creativity and the Origin of the Human Mind.


VÁCLAV SOUKUP is a Czech anthropologist teaching at Charles University in Prague. He is the co-editor of The Genesis of Creativity and the Origin of the Human Mind and co-author, with Joseph Nevadomsky, of Kralovstvi Benin.


JOSEPH NEVADOMSKY is Professor of Anthropology at California State University, Fullerton, USA. He is the co-author, with Václav Soukup, of Kralovstvi Benin (Kingdom of Benin) and nearly 100 articles on Benin art, palace rituals, and other aspects of Benin culture and history.


FRANK IKPONMWOSA teaches in the Department of History and International Studies, University of Benin, Benin City, Nigeria. He has published book chapters and articles in many scholarly works and learned journals in America, Europe and Africa.

His main area of interest is economic and social history, with an emphasis on Benin, where he has made valuable contributions to knowledge. He is currently the Staff Adviser, Students Historical Society of Nigeria, University of Benin.


VICTOR OSARO EDO is a Professor of African History, in the Department of in Benin History, University of Ibadan. He is a specialist in Benin Studies as well as Political and Cultural History. Professor Edo has published many articles and books, nationally and internationally.

Among these are African Culture and Civilization, co- edited with G. O. Oguntomisin (2005); African Culture and Civilization from  the  Earliest Times, also co-authored with G. O. Oguntomisin (2007); Nigeria at 50: Politics, Society and Development, co-edited with B. Sofela and R. O. Olaniyi (2013). He is a member of the Historical Society of Nigeria. From 2012 to 2014 he was Head, Department of History, University of Ibadan. Presently, he is the co-ordinator of Postgraduate Programmes in the Department, and the Quality Assurance Officer, Faculty of Arts, University of Ibadan.


UYILAWA USUANLELE was educated in Nigeria, Sweden and Canada and majored in African History, Education and Peace and Conflict Studies. He worked as an administrator and researcher with the National Council for Arts and Culture, Lagos and Benin City, Nigeria, and was a founding member/ Coordinator of the Institute of Benin Studies, Benin City.

He is a co-editor of Minority Rights and the National Question in Nigeria (2017) and Umẹwaẹn: Journal of Benin and Ẹdo Studies. He has attended conferences, seminars, and workshops in Africa, Europe, Asia, and the Americas and contributed articles and chapters to a number of journals and books.He presently teaches African History and Peace and Conflict Studies at State University of New York, Oswego, New York State.


Idahosa Osagie Ojo is a young Nigerian historian. He lectures at the Benson Idahosa University, Benin City, Edo State. Ojo’s area of specialization is Benin studies and social history. Currently, he is a doctoral student in the University of Ibadan.


PETER AIKO OBOBAIFO is Executive Secretary, Institute for Benin Studies and has organised, participated in and presented papers at numerous national and international conferences, symposia and workshops. His publications include Antecedents and Effects of British Invasion of Benin Kingdom in 1897 at UNIBEN (1996); Benin Kingdom as Custodian of African Traditional Heritage (2009); Impact of the Benin Navy on External Relations (2009); Bamshack Tours: Central Benin City Map and Concise Tour Guide of Historical Sites (2009); Edo Market Days  Diary and Calendar (annually since 2013).

For twenty-two years he has helped to run the institute’s Library and Research Centre on a voluntary basis.


Iziengbe Pat Ebuka-Onuoha specialises in the history of Benin women. She has a degree in History from the University of Benin, an MA from the University of Ibadan, where she is currently a PhD candidate, and lectures in the Department of History, University of Benin.


OSAISONOR GODFREY EKHATOR-OBOGIE has an MA in History and is currently studying for his PhD. He is a member and Research Fellow of the Institute   for Benin Studies, Benin City. His main research interest is to enhance the documentation and preservation of Benin cultural history and traditions.

He is also interested in extending his focus beyond the Benin kingdom. Among his publications is Akobie in Umewaen: Journal of Benin and Edoid Studies.


MICHAEL EDIAGBONYA has a PhD in Political History from the University of Benin, Benin City. He is currently a Lecturer I in Ekiti State University, Ado Ekiti, Nigeria. He has written many articles in learned journals across the world.

These include The Socio- Political and Economic Transformation of Ughoton (Benin Kingdom), ca. 1440-1897’ (2015); Benin: A Study in Budding Crises in the Polity 1914–1939; (International Journal of Humanities and Cultural Studies (2015); A Study of the Portuguese – Benin Trade Relations: Ughoton as a Benin Port (1485-1506), International Journal of Humanities and Cultural Studies (2015); and Traditional Authorities, Secret Societies and Politics in Benin (1948-1951), Ado Journal of History and International Studies (2014).


FESTUS IMUETINYAN is an Associate Professor and current Head of the Department of Public Administration, University of Benin, Nigeria. His teaching, writing and research focus is on ethnic minorities, federalism and national integration in Nigeria.

He has been active in the politics of ethnic relations. He is also Secretary of Benin Leaders of Thought, a socio-cultural and non-partisan organization for the propagation of the interests of the Benin people.


MAY IKEORA is an independent Research Consultant (Anti-Trafficking/Gender & Peace Building) and an Associate of the Women in Sustainable Enterprise Development UK. She holds a PhD in Law and a Master’s in Peace Studies from the University of Bradford.

She has years of experience working in the human rights, peacebuilding and anti-trafficking sectors at international, national and grassroots levels: she has worked as a consultant for the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre, the Economic Community of West African States, the African Union, government institutions, law firms and international NGOs in numerous countries in Africa and Europe. As her core expertise, Dr. May has first-hand experience working with victims of human trafficking, especially from Africa to Europe. She has worked with key frontline workers in the field as well as communities through offering specialized training and support to help them work better with trafficked victims from Africa. She won an award for her outreach services to ethic minority communities in the UK, and she is currently a member of the Edo State Anti-trafficking Task Force.Dr. May has authored and co-authored several publications and articles in academic journals, most recently a book on bilateral cooperation and human trafficking.