π™Œπ™π™€π™€π™‰ π™„π˜Ώπ™„π˜Ό : 𝙏𝙃𝙀 π™‹π™Šπ™’π™€π™π™π™π™‡ π™Œπ™π™€π™€π™‰ π™ˆπ™Šπ™π™ƒπ™€π™ π˜Όπ™‰π˜Ώ 𝘼 π™‚π™π™€π˜Όπ™ π™π™€π™ˆπ˜Όπ™‡π™€ π™’π˜Όπ™π™‡π™Šπ™π˜Ώ 𝙄𝙉 π˜½π™€π™‰π™„π™‰ π™ƒπ™„π™Žπ™π™Šπ™π™”.

 

π™Œπ™π™€π™€π™‰ π™„π˜Ώπ™„π˜Ό : 𝙏𝙃𝙀 π™‹π™Šπ™’π™€π™π™π™π™‡ π™Œπ™π™€π™€π™‰ π™ˆπ™Šπ™π™ƒπ™€π™ π˜Όπ™‰π˜Ώ 𝘼 π™‚π™π™€π˜Όπ™  π™π™€π™ˆπ˜Όπ™‡π™€ π™’π˜Όπ™π™‡π™Šπ™π˜Ώ 𝙄𝙉 π˜½π™€π™‰π™„π™‰ π™ƒπ™„π™Žπ™π™Šπ™π™”.



Full Name: Queen Idia

State of Origin: Edo state

Ethnicity: Edo.

Children: Esigie (son)

Arhuaran(son)

Spouse (s): Oba Ozolua

Residence: Benin Edo

Occupation: Great Warrior


A woman has never gone to war before in #beninhistory , except  #queenidia the great, beautiful  queen mother and a very brave  warlord.

As an oloi (royal wife) of the Oba, Idia became very powerful at the court in her early marriage. Constant references to her occult powers in oral accounts suggest, not that she was being used by male palace chiefs, but that by virtue of these powers, she was reasonably well connected with all the key players and powerful figures in Oba Ozolua's erie (royal wives residence). It is not inconceivable that she may have had excellent relations with the Uwangue and Osodin, and other palace officials some of whom or their mothers may have mobilized her Ise district.

Queen Idia was the mother of Esigie, the #obaofbenin who ruled from 1504 to 1550. She played a very significant role in the rise and reign of her son. She has been described as a great warrior[1] who fought relentlessly before and during her son's reign as the Oba (king) of the Edo people. When #ObaOzolua died, he left behind two powerful sons to dispute over who would become Oba. His son Esigie controlled Benin City while another son, Arhuaran, was based in the equally important city of Udo about 30 kilometres (20 mi) away. Idia mobilised an army around Esigie at Unuame on the #RiverOsse, which defeated Arhuaran, and Oba Esigie equal the 16th king.

It was recorded that  the neighboring Igala people also sent warriors to lay ambush across the Benue River to wrench control of Benin's northern territories. Esigie overcame the Igala, and annexed  the unity and military strength of the kingdom. All this was attributed to  his mother Idia  for these victories as her political adviser, together with her much acclaimed  magical powers and diverse skills and knowledge on medicinal knowledge, which were all viewed as critical elements of Esigie's success on the battlefield

Idia became the first Iyoba (Queen mother) of Benin when Esigie conferred upon her the title and the Eguae-Iyoba (Palace of the Queen Mother).

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