Informative Speech: The Benin Culture

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General Purpose: To inform my audience about African historic culture)
Specific Purpose: To inform my audience on the ancient Benin (Benin) culture and how it has evolved today

Attention Getter: Did you know that everyone evolved from Africa? Researchers have examined the differences of the skulls and DNA of human remains from around the globe say their outcomes indicate present day people (Homo sapiens) having a solitary beginning in Africa.(Owen,2007)

Preview your main point: Having said that, today, they're are hundreds of different tribes in Nigeria, where they all speak different languages & have different customs. However out of all those tribes the Bini tribe is the most ancient and well known (Gascoigne, 2001) Thesis: Today I will be informing you on some interesting facts about the history of Benin tribe, the invasion and how it has ultimately changed today.

Transition: The Benin kingdom is
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The Benin people were master craftsmen, they specialized in weaving, wood carving, and especially ivory carving. One of their most famous world renown carvings is the pendant mask of Queen Mother Idia, which now resides in a museum . (Show them your tattoo). The Queen Mother also known as Iyoba is portrayed wearing a choker of coral dots and her hair is arranged in a intricate design that looks like a crown. The unique carving of the crown was meant to emulate a mudfish along with the characteristics of Portuguese traders. The Benin people thought the Portuguese traders were descendants of the ocean god, Olokun. Olokun could be in multiple forms but the most common was the mudfish. An animal that lives ashore and in water, an image of the kings double nature as both human and supernatural being. So it was by default the Benin people would assume the Portuguese voyagers were viewed as descendants of Olokun. In addition the ocean god also brought riches and wisdom to the Oba, as did the Portuguese.(BBC,

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