History has it that the Catholics came to Benin kingdom  long before other missionaries came to Nigeria (several hundred years), and the Benin chiefs fashioned their traditional robes after the Catholic priests. Unfortunately the religion could not be sustained in the area.
Chief Nosakhare Isekhure, The Isekhure of Benin Kingdom visited the Catholic Pontiff, His Holiness Pope Francis at the Vatican City Rome, Italy on the occasion of the celebration of fifty years of World Peace through religious dialogue, understanding and communication.
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