My name is Ailende Truston Oiselenjakhian. I am an Esan man from Edo state Nigeria.
Today marks 123 years since the Benin Expedition of 1897. It effectively ended the reign of the Benin empire.
My ancestors would keep fighting for 9 more years. Until 1906 when they would finally surrender to the British.
My great grandfather would fight in that war his story becoming part of my family’s history.
Ojiemuada -> Iyoha -> Ailende -> Oiselenjakhian
That is my family line. I remember because he was one of the last to surrender.
Ironically, today Edo state is under invasion from the Fulani. It is hoped that the government will intervene to solve the problem.