Benin

Country Benin
Capital Porto-Novo
Continent Africa
Currency West African CFA franc(XOF)
Languages French, Fon & Yoruba

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Introduction

Present day Benin was the site of Dahomey, a prominent West African kingdom that rose in the 15th century. The territory became a French Colony in 1872 and achieved independence on 1 August 1960, as the Republic of Benin. A succession of military governments ended in 1972 with the rise to power of Mathieu KEREKOU and the establishment of a government based on Marxist-Leninist principles. A move to representative government began in 1989. Two years later, free elections ushered in former Prime Minister Nicephore SOGLO as president, marking the first successful transfer of power in Africa from a dictatorship to a democracy. KEREKOU was returned to power by elections held in 1996 and 2001, though some irregularities were alleged. KEREKOU stepped down at the end of his second term in 2006 and was succeeded by Thomas YAYI Boni, a political outsider and independent. YAYI has begun a high profile fight against corruption and has strongly promoted accelerating Benin's economic growth.

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Benin regulator orders online media ‘without authorization’ to halt publication - CPJ Press Freedom OnlineBenin regulator orders online media ‘without authorization’ to halt publication  CPJ Press Freedom Online

Benin Journalist's Facebook Post on Sexual Harassment Goes Viral - Voice of AmericaBenin Journalist's Facebook Post on Sexual Harassment Goes Viral  Voice of America

BENIN: Satisfactory progress on climate resilience project-SLP - AFRIK 21BENIN: Satisfactory progress on climate resilience project-SLP  AFRIK 21

Benin Terminal welcomes 300 m container ship for first time - Container ManagementBenin Terminal welcomes 300 m container ship for first time  Container Management

13 crew kidnapped from tanker off Benin - Splash 24713 crew kidnapped from tanker off Benin  Splash 247

UNICEF Benin COVID-19 Situation Report No. 18: 25 July-7 August 2020 - Benin - ReliefWebUNICEF Benin COVID-19 Situation Report No. 18: 25 July-7 August 2020 - Benin  ReliefWeb

West African Women Facing COVID: 7 Facts Solutions - Benin - ReliefWebWest African Women Facing COVID: 7 Facts Solutions - Benin  ReliefWeb

Benin: Coronavirus (COVID-19) Situation Report No. 16 - Benin - ReliefWebBenin: Coronavirus (COVID-19) Situation Report No. 16 - Benin  ReliefWeb

Benin celebrates its independence - FRANCE 24Benin celebrates its independence  FRANCE 24

I Am Not Against Any Candidate, I Stand With Edo People – Oba Of Benin - Channels TelevisionI Am Not Against Any Candidate, I Stand With Edo People – Oba Of Benin  Channels Television

Cotonou tech: Benin tech innovation hub sees bright future - RTL TodayCotonou tech: Benin tech innovation hub sees bright future  RTL Today

UAE leaders congratulate Benin President on Independence Day - WAM ENUAE leaders congratulate Benin President on Independence Day  WAM EN

Andersen Global expands Africa presence with partnership in Benin - Ventures AfricaAndersen Global expands Africa presence with partnership in Benin  Ventures Africa

Benin Republic’s Dussuyer backs Nigeria to qualify for 2022 World Cup - Goal.comBenin Republic’s Dussuyer backs Nigeria to qualify for 2022 World Cup  Goal.com

Benin: Reflections on its 60 Post-Colonial Years - Africanews EnglishBenin: Reflections on its 60 Post-Colonial Years  Africanews English

Benin's closure of online media outlets seen as muzzling of media - IFEXBenin's closure of online media outlets seen as muzzling of media  IFEX

Benin crackdown on online media fuels press fears - Yahoo NewsBenin crackdown on online media fuels press fears  Yahoo News

West Africa Economic Outlook 2020 - Coping with the COVID-19 Pandemic - Benin - ReliefWebWest Africa Economic Outlook 2020 - Coping with the COVID-19 Pandemic - Benin  ReliefWeb

France takes first legal step towards restitutions to Benin and Senegal as cabinet examines new law - Art NewspaperFrance takes first legal step towards restitutions to Benin and Senegal as cabinet examines new law  Art Newspaper

5 S. Koreans kidnapped in waters off Benin released - The Korea Herald5 S. Koreans kidnapped in waters off Benin released  The Korea Herald

RUFORUM to hold triennial conference in francophone Benin - University World NewsRUFORUM to hold triennial conference in francophone Benin  University World News

Transport app Gozem launches e-commerce delivery options in Togo and Benin - Disrupt AfricaTransport app Gozem launches e-commerce delivery options in Togo and Benin  Disrupt Africa

BENIN: 11 companies selected for 8 mini-solar grids projects in rural areas - AFRIK 21BENIN: 11 companies selected for 8 mini-solar grids projects in rural areas  AFRIK 21

Benin Independence Day - Mirage NewsBenin Independence Day  Mirage News

UNICEF Benin COVID-19 Situation Report No.17 for the period 11 – 24 July 2020 - Benin - ReliefWebUNICEF Benin COVID-19 Situation Report No.17 for the period 11 – 24 July 2020 - Benin  ReliefWeb

In Show of Strength, APC Kicks Off Edo’s Campaign - THISDAY NewspapersIn Show of Strength, APC Kicks Off Edo’s Campaign  THISDAY Newspapers

UNHCR West & Central Africa COVID-19 Emergency Response, 5 August 2020 - Benin - ReliefWebUNHCR West & Central Africa COVID-19 Emergency Response, 5 August 2020 - Benin  ReliefWeb

Edo 2020: Oba of Benin calls for peaceful campaigns, election - VanguardEdo 2020: Oba of Benin calls for peaceful campaigns, election  Vanguard

Bovines, Bilharzia and Benin: does Schistosoma hybridization happen in cattle? - BugBitten - BMC Blogs NetworkBovines, Bilharzia and Benin: does Schistosoma hybridization happen in cattle? - BugBitten  BMC Blogs Network

Armed security guards required in Bénin - Hellenic Shipping News WorldwideArmed security guards required in Bénin  Hellenic Shipping News Worldwide

Benin classified as a middle-income country - Medafrica TimesBenin classified as a middle-income country  Medafrica Times

Nigeria: Niger, Benin Owe Nigeria N1.2 Billion for Electricity - Presidency - AllAfrica - Top Africa NewsNigeria: Niger, Benin Owe Nigeria N1.2 Billion for Electricity - Presidency  AllAfrica - Top Africa News

Benin Terminal welcomes a 300 m container ship for the first time ever - Ecofin Agency: Economic information from AfricaBenin Terminal welcomes a 300 m container ship for the first time ever  Ecofin Agency: Economic information from Africa

Don’t turn Edo to war zone, Benin monarch warns - The PunchDon’t turn Edo to war zone, Benin monarch warns  The Punch

African national, daughters charged with trafficking 2 girls - Associated PressAfrican national, daughters charged with trafficking 2 girls  Associated Press

Activist curators are sharpening the debate on restitution - The EconomistActivist curators are sharpening the debate on restitution  The Economist

EDO 2020: Oba of Benin warns against turning Edo into war zone - VanguardEDO 2020: Oba of Benin warns against turning Edo into war zone  Vanguard

Obaseki redeploys Director of Protocol over kolanut incident at Palace of Oba of Benin - Pulse NigeriaObaseki redeploys Director of Protocol over kolanut incident at Palace of Oba of Benin  Pulse Nigeria

Bristol City Council hints it WILL return stolen Benin Bronze - eventually - Bristol LiveBristol City Council hints it WILL return stolen Benin Bronze - eventually  Bristol Live

Edo Poll: APC sensitizes market women in Benin on Ize-Iyamu’s SIMPLE agenda manifesto - VanguardEdo Poll: APC sensitizes market women in Benin on Ize-Iyamu’s SIMPLE agenda manifesto  Vanguard

World Breastfeeding Week: Nuclear Technique Supports More Effective Nutrition Programmes - International Atomic Energy AgencyWorld Breastfeeding Week: Nuclear Technique Supports More Effective Nutrition Programmes  International Atomic Energy Agency

Pondei Fights Back, Lists Contracts N’Assembly ‘Forced’ NDDC to Pay for Before Budget Approval - THISDAY NewspapersPondei Fights Back, Lists Contracts N’Assembly ‘Forced’ NDDC to Pay for Before Budget Approval  THISDAY Newspapers

Ghanaian man narrates how he slept inside coffin for several days in Benin, killed his client - Pulse NigeriaGhanaian man narrates how he slept inside coffin for several days in Benin, killed his client  Pulse Nigeria

FIFA and the AFD team up for new projects in Africa - FIFA.comFIFA and the AFD team up for new projects in Africa  FIFA.com

Sending the art home, by Philippe Baqué - Le Monde DiplomatiqueSending the art home, by Philippe Baqué  Le Monde Diplomatique

Benin goes on digital offensive against COVID-19 - Benin - ReliefWebBenin goes on digital offensive against COVID-19 - Benin  ReliefWeb

UNICEF West and Central Africa Coronavirus (COVID-19) Situation Report No. 5 (Reporting Period: 16 June - 29 July 2020) - Benin - ReliefWebUNICEF West and Central Africa Coronavirus (COVID-19) Situation Report No. 5 (Reporting Period: 16 June - 29 July 2020) - Benin  ReliefWeb

Buruji Kashamu: End Of Case No. 1:94-Cr-00172 In Chicago - SaharaReporters.comBuruji Kashamu: End Of Case No. 1:94-Cr-00172 In Chicago  SaharaReporters.com

Edo Deputy Gov, Shaibu, tours Benin, Ekpoma, Auchi, showcases achievements, berates APC - VanguardEdo Deputy Gov, Shaibu, tours Benin, Ekpoma, Auchi, showcases achievements, berates APC  Vanguard

Government support secures major contract for UK construction in Benin - GOV.UKGovernment support secures major contract for UK construction in Benin  GOV.UK

Benin votes in controversial local polls despite COVID-19 threat - Al Jazeera EnglishBenin votes in controversial local polls despite COVID-19 threat  Al Jazeera English

Clara Benin and Johnoy Danao reunite for their take on Taylor Swift - BandwagonClara Benin and Johnoy Danao reunite for their take on Taylor Swift  Bandwagon

WFP Benin Country Brief, May 2020 - Benin - ReliefWebWFP Benin Country Brief, May 2020 - Benin  ReliefWeb

Six crew members of fishing vessel kidnapped off Benin - Anadolu AgencySix crew members of fishing vessel kidnapped off Benin  Anadolu Agency

CSR: Edo Refinery Commences Repair Work on Failed Portions of Benin-Sapele Road - THISDAY NewspapersCSR: Edo Refinery Commences Repair Work on Failed Portions of Benin-Sapele Road  THISDAY Newspapers

Latest coup d’état attempt in Benin foiled - The Africa ReportLatest coup d’état attempt in Benin foiled  The Africa Report

Executive Board Approves a US$125 Million Disbursement Under Benin's ECF-Supported Arrangement - International Monetary FundExecutive Board Approves a US$125 Million Disbursement Under Benin's ECF-Supported Arrangement  International Monetary Fund

Airport testing expands Benin's COVID-19 detection - Benin - ReliefWebAirport testing expands Benin's COVID-19 detection - Benin  ReliefWeb

Benin : Technical Assistance Report-Public Investment Management Assessment - International Monetary FundBenin : Technical Assistance Report-Public Investment Management Assessment  International Monetary Fund

Benin, Mali and Niger eager to tap e-commerce opportunities - UNCTADBenin, Mali and Niger eager to tap e-commerce opportunities  UNCTAD

Benin: An additional $10.4 million to fight coronavirus - Benin - ReliefWebBenin: An additional $10.4 million to fight coronavirus - Benin  ReliefWeb

Meet Benin's zero waste farmer inspiring an agricultural movement - CNNMeet Benin's zero waste farmer inspiring an agricultural movement  CNN

unctad.org | Benin takes business registration online at critical time - UNCTADunctad.org | Benin takes business registration online at critical time  UNCTAD

Benin: COVID-19 Situation Report – #15 - Benin - ReliefWebBenin: COVID-19 Situation Report – #15 - Benin  ReliefWeb

Benin: Coronavirus (COVID-19) Situation Report No. 11 - Benin - ReliefWebBenin: Coronavirus (COVID-19) Situation Report No. 11 - Benin  ReliefWeb

Reaches Staff-Level Agreement on the Sixth Review for Benin's Extended Credit Facility (ECF) Arrangement - International Monetary FundReaches Staff-Level Agreement on the Sixth Review for Benin's Extended Credit Facility (ECF) Arrangement  International Monetary Fund

Benin appeals court shortens journalist Ignace Sossou’s jail term - CPJ Press Freedom OnlineBenin appeals court shortens journalist Ignace Sossou’s jail term  CPJ Press Freedom Online

Edo Election: Details of Oba of Benin’s meeting with Obaseki, Wike, others emerge - Daily Post NigeriaEdo Election: Details of Oba of Benin’s meeting with Obaseki, Wike, others emerge  Daily Post Nigeria

Fitch Revises Benin's Outlook to Stable; Affirms at 'B' - Fitch RatingsFitch Revises Benin's Outlook to Stable; Affirms at 'B'  Fitch Ratings

West and Central Africa Region COVID-19 Situation Report No. 4 - Benin - ReliefWebWest and Central Africa Region COVID-19 Situation Report No. 4 - Benin  ReliefWeb

GIEWS Country Brief: Benin 23-April-2020 - Benin - ReliefWebGIEWS Country Brief: Benin 23-April-2020 - Benin  ReliefWeb

Benin: Coronavirus (COVID-19) Situation Report No. 13 - Benin - ReliefWebBenin: Coronavirus (COVID-19) Situation Report No. 13 - Benin  ReliefWeb

Benin | Travel guide, tips and inspiration | Wanderlust - WanderlustBenin | Travel guide, tips and inspiration | Wanderlust  Wanderlust

Benin to hold contentious local polls despite coronavirus threat - Al Jazeera EnglishBenin to hold contentious local polls despite coronavirus threat  Al Jazeera English

Benin: Coronavirus (COVID-19) Situation Report No. 5 - Benin - ReliefWebBenin: Coronavirus (COVID-19) Situation Report No. 5 - Benin  ReliefWeb

Africa in the news: Burundi, Benin, South Sudan, and COVID-19 updates - Brookings InstitutionAfrica in the news: Burundi, Benin, South Sudan, and COVID-19 updates  Brookings Institution

All About Benin - Africa.comAll About Benin  Africa.com

This farm in Benin is leading Africa's zero waste initiative - CNNThis farm in Benin is leading Africa's zero waste initiative  CNN

West and Central Africa Region COVID-19 Situation Report No. 6 (Reporting Period: 1 - 31 July 2020) - Nigeria - ReliefWebWest and Central Africa Region COVID-19 Situation Report No. 6 (Reporting Period: 1 - 31 July 2020) - Nigeria  ReliefWeb

Immunization Regional Snapshot 2018 - West and Central Africa - Benin - ReliefWebImmunization Regional Snapshot 2018 - West and Central Africa - Benin  ReliefWeb

Benin drops its WTO candidate in support of Nigeria’s Okonjo-Iweala - The Africa ReportBenin drops its WTO candidate in support of Nigeria’s Okonjo-Iweala  The Africa Report

Benin: Coronavirus (COVID-19) Situation Report No. 7 - Benin - ReliefWebBenin: Coronavirus (COVID-19) Situation Report No. 7 - Benin  ReliefWeb

Formalizing land rights can reduce forest loss: Experimental evidence from Benin - Science AdvancesFormalizing land rights can reduce forest loss: Experimental evidence from Benin  Science Advances

Pirates kidnap nine from Norwegian ship off Benin - BBC NewsPirates kidnap nine from Norwegian ship off Benin  BBC News

BENIN: Government promotes rapid expansion of access to water in rural areas - AFRIK 21BENIN: Government promotes rapid expansion of access to water in rural areas  AFRIK 21

Sanitation and hygiene supplies donated for Benin's battle against COVID-19 - Benin - ReliefWebSanitation and hygiene supplies donated for Benin's battle against COVID-19 - Benin  ReliefWeb

Benin Plans to Sell More Than $550 Million in Bonds - BloombergBenin Plans to Sell More Than $550 Million in Bonds  Bloomberg

Benin: Cholera (MDRBJ015), Emergency Plan of Action Final Report - Benin - ReliefWebBenin: Cholera (MDRBJ015), Emergency Plan of Action Final Report - Benin  ReliefWeb

Meet Privel Hinkati, Benin's first Olympic rower - Olympic ChannelMeet Privel Hinkati, Benin's first Olympic rower  Olympic Channel

Benin Enhances Production and Export of Soybean Using Bio-fertilizers and Isotopic Technology - International Atomic Energy AgencyBenin Enhances Production and Export of Soybean Using Bio-fertilizers and Isotopic Technology  International Atomic Energy Agency

Petrol smuggling has had a negative impact on Benin's relations with its giant neighbour Nigeria - D+C Development and CooperationPetrol smuggling has had a negative impact on Benin's relations with its giant neighbour Nigeria  D+C Development and Cooperation

Benin introduces VAT exemption on imports of PV panels - pv magazine InternationalBenin introduces VAT exemption on imports of PV panels  pv magazine International

Benin Museum Celebrates Return of Precious Artifacts from France - VOA NewsBenin Museum Celebrates Return of Precious Artifacts from France  VOA News

West and Central Africa COVID-19 Digest, 29 May 2020 - Benin - ReliefWebWest and Central Africa COVID-19 Digest, 29 May 2020 - Benin  ReliefWeb

Covid-19: The pandemic heightens food insecurity in Benin - FRANCE 24 EnglishCovid-19: The pandemic heightens food insecurity in Benin  FRANCE 24 English

Benin orders EU ambassador to leave: reports - DW (English)Benin orders EU ambassador to leave: reports  DW (English)

This Art Was Looted 123 Years Ago. Will It Ever Be Returned? - The New York TimesThis Art Was Looted 123 Years Ago. Will It Ever Be Returned?  The New York Times

Benin authorities arrest journalist Ignace Sossou, question him about Facebook posts - CPJ Press Freedom OnlineBenin authorities arrest journalist Ignace Sossou, question him about Facebook posts  CPJ Press Freedom Online

BENIN: African Parks takes over Beninese part of the W National Park - AFRIK 21BENIN: African Parks takes over Beninese part of the W National Park  AFRIK 21

Digital Benin: a milestone on the long, slow journey to restitution - Art NewspaperDigital Benin: a milestone on the long, slow journey to restitution  Art Newspaper