Lourenco Pinto, who was the captain of a ship that carried missionary to Warri in August 1619, sent this deposition to the Sacra Congregazione the instance of Father Montelcone.
“According to the testimony of this captain, Great Benin were the king resides is larger than Lisbon, all the streets run straight and as far as the eyes can see. The houses are large, especially that of the king which is richly decorated and has fine columns. The city is wealthy and industrious. It is so well governed that theft is unknown and the people live in such security that they have no door to their houses”
The picture of black Africa as savages in a dark continent by the Europeans was only meant to justify the inhuman slave trade and the theft of African resources by Europeans for Europeans. Black African soldiers formed part of the carthagenian army. African troops took part in hamilico’s engagement against the Greeks at syracuse. Numidia calvary was part of Hannibal,s army Carthage in Africa was so powerful that “Carthago est delenda” became Roman Credo and battle cry-Carthage must be destroyed; the carthageians acquired an empire in Africa from which Sicily, Sardinia and Southern Spain were excluded by the treaty. It was this Exclusion of the Greeks and the Romans that accounted for the lack of adequate information in the Writings of classical authors about the extent of the Carthaginan involvement in Black Africa. Even today in Europe despite the hypocrisy the black man is treated as a second class citizen no matter his achievements. The white race still refuses to share the secrets of modern technology with Africa except as consumer. The coin of Timbuktu was of gold. Mohammed el-maghili a great scholar wrote a book called” The Obligation of princes for the Emir of Kano (Nigeria) around 1525 on practical difficulties of government a work of scholarship better than Machiavelli,s The Prince.
culled from 100 years after the invasion of Benin by Richard Akinjide,a former attorney General and Federal minister of justice.He is senior advocate of Nigeria .