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Nigeria History: The Story of General Asoro One Remarkable Historical Figure Benin Kingdom.

Nigeria History: The Story of General Asoro One Remarkable Historical Figure Benin Kingdom.

Nigeria History: The Story of General Asoro One Remarkable Historical Figure Benin Kingdom.


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He fought to protect the Oba of Benin and allowed no one pass the road leading to the Oba palace until his death 


Before he became a soldier, Asoro was a sword bearer to Oba Ovonramwen Nogbaisi (who reigned between 1888 and 1897).

He was a symbol of strength, courage, and patriotism; qualities that earned him the coveted titled of a General in

the Benin Army.


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General Asoro is one remarkable historical figure Benin Kingdom will not forget in a hurry. He was one of the most outstanding warriors who fought gallantly during the Benin-British war. He led other warriors in resisting the entry of British invaders in 1897 into Benin City.


His statement "no other person dare pass this road except the Oba" (So kpon Oba) was later translated to "SAKPONBA", the name of a well-known road in Benin.


So when you hear “upper SAKPONBA” they are talk about the road he died on To commemorate his contribution, his statue was erected at what is now Oba Ovonramwen Square, at the beginning of Sakponba Road, Benin City. According to tradition, that was the very spot Chief Asoro died.


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The Statue is still there till date.




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