BLACK PANTHER MOVIE: Featured Zuri Holding The Ceremonial Chieftain Sword of The Kingdom of Benin


Forest Whitaker played the character Zuri in the Black Panther movie. Zuri was the attendant to the former King of Wakanda, T’Chaka. I couldn’t help but notice that the head of his staff was fashioned to look like the traditional sword of my tribal chieftains called Eben.  If you read my previous post about the African mask featured in the Black Panther Movie, you will realize why I Iove that this movie is choking with African cultural symbolism and replicas of rarely seen artifacts like the Eben.


What is an Eben?

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The Eben is a traditional sword used by Benin chiefs to honor their king, the Oba of Benin* whenever they are summoned, or during coronations and festivities. The Chiefs usually dance with the sword by tossing it repeatedly in the air. It signifies their loyalty to their King and also as a sign of being great men. This sword comes in different sizes and width.

* Benin kingdom is in Nigeria, It should not be confused with the country Benin


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The Oba of Benin Kingdom

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The Oba of Benin during his coronation


Photo Gallery

Benin Chiefs dancing with Ebens of varying width and sizes with their red attires and coral beaded shoes.


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  1. I remember reading about Benin in a history book around junior high school age, and being quite surprised to find this clear description of an imperial state of Romanesque wealth and cultural complexity … which goes to show the depressingly dismissive (re: racist) quality of education concerning African civilisations at the time (with the sole exception of Ancient Egypt. Never quite understood why that one was always the exception).

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    • “…despressingly dismissive quality of education concerning African civilization at the time.” Indeed it is true! Egypt has remained an exception because it’s history is widely known and documented by writing. Too bad it isn’t the same for other cultures like mine (Benin), who didn’t have scribes. Their history remains at the mercy of historians and anthropologists, who I barely blame for their erroneous and baised portrayal of African cultures. It is left to Africans like me to correct history and expose the fabricated lies of some historians. If Africans don’t advertise their culture no one would.
      Thanks for reading and giving me your insight. It is highly appreciated.

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  2. Wow. I learn something new every day that I read a Blog on WordPress. Thanks for the information. I can see this in a completely new light because of the insight you have provided.
    Michael J, Philadelphia, PA USA


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