Here are 5 common misconceptions about Edo state

Edo state, fondly referred to as the "heartbeat of the nation", has so many stereotypes attached to it which need to be debunked.

Here are 5 common misconceptions about Edo state. [legit]

With a population of approximately 8 million people, Edo state is a state with so much culture, history and heritage linked to it.

Edo state is the home of the Oba of Benin and has produced many prominent figures in Nigeria, dead or alive. However, there are many misconceptions about the state.

There are so many things to do while in Edo state. There are historical sites, museums, nature parks and clubs — something for everyone.

Many think that Edo state is riddled with cultists, witches, and kidnappers. Rumours like flying witches or all "Edo men are cultists" or all "Edo women are witches" are very commonly spread about the people of this great state. This is however very untrue.

The Oba's Palace, an UNESCO Heritage site, is probably the most famous tourist attraction in Edo state, probably because it is the seat of one of Africa's oldest empires. Which is why many think the Oba of Benin is the only king in Edo. There are 17 LGAs in Edo state and almost all of them have kings or Obas of their own.

In Edo state, there are five major ethnic groups — Bini (Edo), Afemai, Esan, Owan and Akoko-Edo. However, Bini-speaking people occupy the most local governments in the state — seven out of 18 LGAs. There are also other minor ethnic communities that exist within the town such as Ijaw, Igbira, Itsekiri, etc.

The people from Edo state are brought up to be very street smart. This doesn't necessarily mean they are rough or touts. They just do not like to be cheated and will not stand for it.

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