Having lived in Benin until about four years ago, Sam Adaji could not have expected to miss his way as he returned to the city, one evening. He thought of locating his former residence situated on a street linking one of the major roads which open into the endless loop of a road at the city hub, called the Ring Road. With the Ring Road as his usual navigator, it took Adaji some time to locate his former neighbourhood. He did express his perplexity that Benin, especially the Ring Road centre, was over and done with many completed and ongoing projects.
Adaji’s return to the Ring Road arena this night happened to have coincided with the moment when the area’s new multiple water fountain was being test run. With its water cascade network, diverse musicals, flickering lightings and heightened streetlight descending from above, the neighbourhood was agog with light and celebrations. Like Adaji, Pa Ekhator Osakue, an octogenarian resident of Benin City, was expressive about its new looks, which prompted him to describe the Ring Road arena as ‘Trafalgar Square’, a major tourist attraction in centre London.
By comparing the Benin ring road with the Trafalgar Square however, one would need to call up their striking similarities, and as well as the variants. At that, both possess unparalleled museums, sculptures, galleries, gardens, water fountains, cultural spaces, terraces, historic ornamentations, high rise buildings, and public patronage. Read more here