Benin

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

Information

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.

[+] Geography

[+] People

[+] Government

Video

Map


View Larger Map

References

Benin - Wikipedia
Benin - CIA World Fact Book
Benin - BBC
Benin - Timeline - BBC

Cities

Links

News Headlines

Google News
This RSS feed URL is deprecatedThis RSS feed URL is deprecated, please update. New URLs can be found in the footers at https://news.google.com/news

12 Nigerian students to face trial for cybercrime in Benin Republic - The Punch

The Punch

12 Nigerian students to face trial for cybercrime in Benin Republic
The Punch
Adelani Adepegba, Abuja. Twelve Nigerian students arrested by the police are to face trial for cybercrime in the Republic of Benin. Senior Special Assistant to the President on Foreign Affairs and Diaspora, Abike Dabiri-Erewa, disclosed that seven out ...
Benin Republic Police release 7 out 12 detained Nigerian students ...Vanguard
Nigeria secures release of 7 nationals detained in Benin Republic ...Daily Post Nigeria
Cyber Crime: Seven Nigerians released in Benin RepublicDaily Trust
PR Nigeria News (press release) (blog) -Independent Newspapers Limited
all 4 news articles »


Oba of Benin in historic visit to Olu of Warri - The Punch

The Punch

Oba of Benin in historic visit to Olu of Warri
The Punch
Theophilus Onojeghen. The Oba of Benin, His Royal Majesty, Oba Ewuare II, on Saturday paid a historic visit to the Olu of Warri, His Majesty, Ogiame Ikenwoli, calling on Nigerians to promote values that unite them than factors that divide the people.
Rich cultures of Itsekiri, Benin on display as as Ewuare II visits Olu of ...Vanguard
Benin, Warri monarchs pledge to promote peace, unityGuardian (blog)
Why Oba Of Benin Visits Olu Of Warri | Independent Newspapers ...Independent Newspapers Limited

all 5 news articles »


Edo govt inspects Benin Storm Water Project, assures of completion - Vanguard

Vanguard

Edo govt inspects Benin Storm Water Project, assures of completion
Vanguard
Edo govt inspects Benin Storm Water Project, assures of completion. On July 14, 2018 3:33 pmIn News by adekunleComments. Edo State Government has assured that work on the Benin Storm Water Project, which will address flooding and erosion in Benin ...



Benin storm water project: Edo govt inspects construction work, assures of completion - THISDAY Newspapers

Benin storm water project: Edo govt inspects construction work, assures of completion
THISDAY Newspapers
Edo State Government has assured that work on the Benin Storm Water Project, which will address flooding and erosion in Benin City, is on course and that the government is committed to its completion. Commissioner for Environment and Sustainability, ...



BENIN | A tourism destination in the making - The Africa Report

BENIN | A tourism destination in the making
The Africa Report
The biggest tourism development project on the coast is Ouidah, which will be showcased as part of a cultural and memorial journey that begins in Abomey. The project aims to “identically recreate” this historical city. Considered as the cultural ...



Cotonou to host Benin Investment Forum on 27 and 28 August 2018 - The Netherlands and You

The Netherlands and You

Cotonou to host Benin Investment Forum on 27 and 28 August 2018
The Netherlands and You
Cotonou, the economic capital of Benin, will host on 27 and 28 August 2018 the largest event for business leaders, investors and policy makers from around the world who are interested to invest in Benin in the framework of the first edition of Benin ...



JSS pupil electrocuted in Benin - The Punch

The Punch

JSS pupil electrocuted in Benin
The Punch
Students and others protesting the electrocution a Junior Secondary School pupil on Thursday blocked the Benin-Auchi highway, causing heavy vehicular traffic. The pupil, from Eyean Community Secondary School, Eyean, in Uhunmwode Local Government ...
Colleagues protest as student electrocuted in BeninThe Eagle Online

all 9 news articles »


Benin Republic to reap from Nigeria's growth in coming years - BusinessDay (satire) (press release) (blog)

BusinessDay (satire) (press release) (blog)

Benin Republic to reap from Nigeria's growth in coming years
BusinessDay (satire) (press release) (blog)
The recovery from economic recession of Nigeria, Africa's biggest economy, may support growth rate of its neighbour trading partner, Benin republic in the preceding years ahead, according to S&P Global report. S&P Global Incorporated is an American ...

and more »


How teenager was electrocuted by BEDC Cable in Benin - NIGERIAN TRIBUNE (press release) (blog)

NIGERIAN TRIBUNE (press release) (blog)

How teenager was electrocuted by BEDC Cable in Benin
NIGERIAN TRIBUNE (press release) (blog)
THE teenager, Master Benedict Sanny, 14, was reportedly electrocuted by naked live wire belonging to the Benin Electricity Distribution Company (BEDC) on Thursday afternoon. It was gathered that the electricity cable disconnected from the pole after it ...

and more »


Benin's start-ups overcome 'scammer' stigma and hit global market - Aljazeera.com

Aljazeera.com

Benin's start-ups overcome 'scammer' stigma and hit global market
Aljazeera.com
Assiba Bokon had seen moringa trees when she was growing up in Cotonou, Benin, but she didn't learn of their worth until she attended a workshop in her 30s. She learned how to make moringa powder. Then, she perfected a juice recipe and began selling it ...