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Head, Dept. of Religious Studies, Abia State University, Uturu, Nigeria <email@example.com> Although the story is not familiar to me personally, I wish to point out that the cosmology it describes is pointedly more Igbo than Ancient Benin. Nri is generally regarded as the cradle of Igbo civilization, and of all the spiritual and temporal potentates of the Igbo nation, the Eze Nri was, and still is, revered as the primus inter pares. Besides, the elephant and the rhinoceros have the Igbo names Enyi and Enyi Mmiri (Water Elephant) respectively. It is very unlikely that The Pope's Rhinoceros is a fictional creation of a non-African, and if indeed the folktale has a native origin, then we are dealing here with a story that has a profound historical implication. It is believed that the Benin/Nri common ancestry resulted from a migration in a West-East direction. But Prof. Afigbo has consistently maintained a different view that favours an East-West migration (Nri lies east of the River Niger and Benin in the West). The first and perhaps the strongest evidence in support of this position was the discovery in 1938 of bronze figures in Igbo-Ukwu (in Nri) which not only had remarkable resemblance to ancient Benin tradition, but surpassed the latter in many subtle ways. A Pope's Rhinoceros that has an African origin would add geographical and occupational evidence to the debate. In Southern Nigeria, the area East and West of the River Niger belongs geographically to the rain forest zone. Whereas this climatic condition is very much evident in the West, the tropical rainforest has almost disappeared in the East as a result of many centuries of intense farming. Remarkably, yam and coco-palm were the main products of precolonial Igbo farming.