Idia was the mother of Esigie; Oba (king) of Benin who reigned from 1504 to 1550. She played a very important role in the rise and reign of her son. She was a powerful warrior who fought tirelessly before and during the reign of her son. She became the first iyoba (Queen Mother) of Benin, a title created and conferred by her son in gratitude for her help.
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