The Great and Mighty Wall

The Great and Mighty Wall 2

The Great and Mighty Wall is a unique and interesting tale of Bilikisu Sungbo and the construction of the earth. Inspired by a true story about a Yoruba Queen named Bilikisu Sungbo, The Great and Mighty Wall is a unique and interesting tale of Bilikisu Sungbo and the construction of the earthen wall in Eredo, of South Western Nigeria. 


Panyin Ewusi-Aikins’ superb illustrations, together with Mark Simpson’s masterful storytelling, will enthral children and adults alike, as they learn about one of Africa’s hidden treasures. Mark and Panyin have utilised their creative license to fill in the missing information, in order to link the facts together, to make this historical achievement more enjoyable to read and understand for all people of all ages.


Did you know that: 

  • In the 1974 edition of the Guinness Book of Records, they described the city as “the largest earthworks in the world carried out prior to the mechanical era…” 
  • More earth and rock was used to make the wall than was used in the Great Pyramid at Giza.”


Charmaine Simpson, Chief Executive of Black History Studies, said “The book is a tribute to both Queen Bilikisu Sungbo and the people of Nigeria, with its wonderful history and achievements that have been overlooked, ignored and suppressed by the rest of the world.”

There are a number of free activities on our website for you to use with your children such as online jigsaw puzzlescolouring pageswordsearches and mazes. Watch some videos about Nigeria’s famous ancient art such as the Benin Bronzes and the Nok terracotta sculptures.

All proceeds from the sales will go towards funding more children’s books.

Book Details:

Release date: 31 December 2010
Author: Mark Simpson
Illustrator: Panyin Ewusi-Aikins
Publisher: Black History Studies Productions Ltd
Paperback: 40 pages
Size: 297 x 210 mm landscape
Illustrations: Full colour illustrations
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
ISBN: 978-0-9559695-7-7

Copyright © 2010 Black History Studies Productions Ltd. All rights reserved.

This work is registered with the UK Copyright Service
Registration Number: 328817