President Buhari, Gowon, Diplomats, Others to Grace Oba of Benin Book Launch

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President Muhammadu Buhari, former Head of State, General Yakubu Gowon (rtd) and other distinguished Nigerians are expected to grace the launch of Oba Ewuare's book on October 12 in Benin-city, Edo State.

The book titled: ‘The Benin Monarch, An Anthology of Benin History’, will also attract members of the diplomatic corps, captains of industry as well as other well-meaning individuals including President of Dangote Group, Aliko Dangote; Chairman, Tony Elumelu Foundation, Tony Elumelu,  and Jim Ovia of Zenith Bank.

Addressing journalists in Benin-city, the Chairman of Global Book Presentation Committee (GBPC), the organisation behind the book launch, Martin Uhomoibhi, said the book was published under the auspices of the Oba Ewuare Foundation in collaboration with the Benin Traditional Council.

He described the book as a unique and distinctive publication from the perspectives of aesthetics and intellectual content.

 According to him, "The book weighs about 6.8 kilogrammes with 18 scholars, some of whom are most highly respected authorities within and outside Nigeria on Benin History," adding that it has 559 pages of meticulously researched articles and 441 iconic images.

Uhomoibhi, who noted that the October 20 launch promised to be an epoch event, further disclosed that it would herald the unveiling of the culmination of Oba Ewuare II committed effort to uphold the heritage and effectuate the regeneration of the unique essence of Benin kingdom in the consciousness of the world.

In his contribution, a member of the 10-man committee, Prof. Gregory Akenzua, said the book presents a new dimension to other books on the kingdom because it was authored by a diplomat, and the perspective is broader.

 He added that besides the public presentation and the book launch slated to take place in Benin-city, the British Museum and major capitals of the world have indicated interest in book launch respectively.


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