If you have never heard of Oba Ewuare of the Benin kingdom then you haven’t been looking into the history book for a long time. You probably ended history chapter after the story of sokoto caliphate taught back then in schools.
We can say Welcome back to history class, sharing the story of Oba Ewuare is both educative and entertaining, you’ll find out why soon enough.
We would in this chapter focus on the Ewere leaves, the magical leaves of good luck and protection just in case you’ve never heard of it.
History has it that, Oba Ewuare had difficult times, as an Oba, he was barnished for some reasons and during his years of exile he had protection from a particular leave, how strange?.
while in the bush, he stumbled into the Ewere leaves and used them as a protective camouflage when his enemies were on his trail to kill him.
After a while of jungle Life, the Oba fought back with the help of loyalists and regained power. Consequently, he was crowned as the Oba Ewuare the great 1440 AD.
Ewuare was a great physician, magician and powerful warrior. He fought and captured 201 towns and villages, some of them were, Ekiti, Ikare, Kukuruku, etc.
Oba Ewuare caused people to pay tribute to him, history had it that he was one of the Obas who began the history of construction in Edo state.
Ewuare made good roads, and one of the most popular was the Akpakpava road. He also dug the inner most and greatest of the city moats. ( moats were what the great Benin kingdom used in protecting themselves and keeping outsiders away, a form of dangerous boundary method).
Oba Ewuare on his return did not forget to bring along his Savior, Ugle Ewere became an annual ceremony in commemoration of the Ewere leaves of protection and good luck which by coincidence happened to be the name of his wife that also brought him good luck, fame and riches.
During this annual ceremony which marks the end and the Beginning of a new Benin calendar War, the Ewere leaves as good luck are shared amongst the Benin people. The oba is the first to receive such leaves in his palace before any other person no matter his rank or hierarchy in Benin Kingdom.