Kingdom of Nri History Quiz

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What was the main reason for the Nri Kingdom's popularity during the slave trade?

Its kings were noted for their strong will and outspokenness against the slave trade

Why did the British and other kingdoms tag the Nri Kingdom as an enemy of progress?

Its kings were outspoken against the slave trade

What event led to the weakening of the Nri Kingdom?

Internal disputes and several external attacks

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  • The Kingdom of Nri dates back to the 9th century and existed until it collapsed in 1911.
  • The kingdom became more popular during the slave trade because its kings were noted for their strong will and outspokenness against the slave trade. Slaves who could escape to the kingdom were automatically freed and given a home.
  • At the time when freed slaves from the diaspora were returning to Africa, many of them joined the Nri Kingdom helping to develop its already existing trade in palm oil and natural mineral resources such as bronze.
  • Soon, the kingdom became very wealthy and a centre for trade in Nigeria and parts of West Africa.
  • The British and several kingdoms that supported slave trade tagged the Nri kingdom as an enemy of progress and attempted many attacks which failed.
  • Unfortunately, internal disputes and several external attacks led to the weakening of the Nri. The gradual loss of its power led to its take over by the Benin Kingdom in 1911.

Test your knowledge on the rich history of the Kingdom of Nri, from its rise as a center for trade and its opposition to the slave trade to its eventual collapse in 1911.

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