Benin's power reached its apex in the 16th Century.
The King (Oba) o E Benin was considered semi-divine and controlled a complex bureaucracy, a large army, and a diversified economy.
There are also museums, festivals, music and dance, a rich cultural melange right down to everyday traditional markets. mi.) Nigeria is the 14th largest country in Africa.
These are just some of the spectacular sights and sensual delights awaiting the traveler to Nigeria. Its coastline, on the Gulf of Guinea, stretches 774 km (480 mi.).
However, unlike the Kanuri, no ruler among these states ever became powerful enough to impose his will over the others.
Although the Hausa had common languages, culture, and Islamic religion, they had no common king.