Obaland Awards

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Obaland Awards
Awarded by Edo State traditional Rulers.Oba (ruler)
TypeAwards, Honour
Awarded forHonour.
Ewuare II, Osaze Osemwegie Ero
GradesObaland Royal Awards(ORA)
Obaland Music Awards (OMA)

Obaland Awards (also known as Obaland Royal Awards, Obaland Music Awards or Africa Grammy was established in Benin City Edo State, as national traditional Monarch Honour and Awards to celebrate anyone with great impacts from Entertainment,Politics,Media and other personalities.[1]

Launching ceremony[edit]

The Obaland Academy and Obaland awards Honour, was launched in Benin City ,(Edo State), with the participation of important personalities like the Edo State Director of Arts and Culture, who represented the Ministry for Arts and Culture, established non-Governmental entities like “Good Samaritan” Benin City, acclaimed radio presenter, Godwin Egbe from National Edo State Broadcasting Service, iconic Nigerian veteran artistes with national hit songs to their names, with the likes of Oligbese, Daddy Fresh,Dyckoy, Naxis DG, S.K.O, Eedris Abdulkareem, Disc jockey, Oscar B and many other celebrities from the Nigeria entertainment industry. The launch was broadcasted nationwide by newsprint media companies like Nigerian Observer , Leadership (newspaper), Vanguard (Nigeria), and to be televised by Independent Television and Radio. [2][3],The event location was colorful , designed with Ivorys and antiques , reflecting the cultural heritage of the great Benin kingdom. A whooping attendance figure of over 7,000 guest were gathered to celebrate the academy, It was said to be first of its kind in the country and the whole Africa by Leadership (newspaper) editors who witnessed it.


Obaland awards has two major categories, namely “Obaland Music Awards”(OMA) and “Obaland Royal Awards” (ORA) which was constituted by 45 member body of traditional rulers of Edo state under his royal majesty Ewuare II to be the recognized Monarchical national “Honour” award show . The memorandum and act, were written under traditional ruler’s national act (article 4) with similarities to the National Honors Act No. 5 of 1964, [4]during the First Nigerian Republic, to recognize personalities, with indisputable hard work in the areas of social presence , Government institutions, private establishments or in the entertainment industry. The process operates an in-house procedure and the Awards could be given anytime of the year only by Obaland academy committee, without nominations or public votes.[5]

History /Plaque/Governance[edit]

The award plaque was designed by the renowned Igun Ivory from Benin Empire for Ewuare II. The materials comprising each award plaque were collected from “Udo village” to recall the importance of Aruan n’udo, the son of Idia. While some were recycled from Igun community, notable for ancient bronze work, and the blessed earth from Ekèndo, as well as “Uselu”. His royal majesty “Oba n’èdo” King Ewuare II of Benin was nominated as the Patron of the annual event , to be endorsed by the Edo State Honorable Commissioner for Arts, Culture and Diaspora Affairs, Hon. Osaze Osemwegie Ero . The members of Obaland Academy are mainly indigenes or families related to the Igodomigodo (or ovbi-edo, which means "child(ren) of Edo") . Obaland Awards is the first of its kind and the most important monarch awards in the history of Africa. “Oba” means King in Bini language (the traditional language of the Edo people. (see Oba of Benin).[6] and the “land” represents “Otò” means the Oba’s declared undisputed territorial dominance and ownership of Benin city and number one custodian of its values and cultural heritage. The antique plaque was evaluated to worth 34 million dollars, by palace chiefs, anthropologies and Art critic [7] The awards has different formats, to be determined by the Obaland Awards Committee annually.[8]

See also[edit]



  1. "The Genesis of Obaland Awards: Africa Grammy Awards - Google Books". 2 March 2018.
  2. "Obaland Royal Awards launched In Benin - Nigerian Observer". 8 March 2018.
  3. https://www.vanguardngr.com/2018/02/obaland-academy-officially-launched-benin-kingdom/
  4. "ODM of Nigeria: Order of the Niger". www.medals.org.uk.
  5. https://leadership.ng/2018/03/12/obaland-awards-organisers-warn-against-fraud-touting/
  6. Cahoon, Ben. "Nigerian Traditional States". www.worldstatesmen.org.
  7. "Italy Based Nigerian Reggae Star, Damian Marley, Others Get Obaland Royal Award - Independent Newspapers Nigeria". 8 March 2018.
  8. "About Us – Obaland Awards". 13 April 2018.

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