Benin

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

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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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MAN PrimeServ signs ten-year maintenance contract for power plant in Benin - Power Engineering InternationalMAN PrimeServ signs ten-year maintenance contract for power plant in Benin  Power Engineering International

French Parliament votes to return stolen artefacts to Benin and Senegal - FRANCE 24 EnglishFrench Parliament votes to return stolen artefacts to Benin and Senegal  FRANCE 24 English

BENIN: with €43.6m, Sogea Satom provides water to 240,000 people in Abomey-Calavi - AFRIK 21BENIN: with €43.6m, Sogea Satom provides water to 240,000 people in Abomey-Calavi  AFRIK 21

End SARS protest in Benin: Godwin Obaseki set Judicial Panel of Inquiry for Edo - BBC NewsEnd SARS protest in Benin: Godwin Obaseki set Judicial Panel of Inquiry for Edo  BBC News

Benin COVID-19 Situation Report, 4 October 2020 | UNICEF - UNICEFBenin COVID-19 Situation Report, 4 October 2020 | UNICEF  UNICEF

Benin reckons with its slave trade past - Deutsche WelleBenin reckons with its slave trade past  Deutsche Welle

Benin and Senegal: French MPs move closer to returning looted artifacts - The Africa ReportBenin and Senegal: French MPs move closer to returning looted artifacts  The Africa Report

One feared dead as hoodlums attack, loot warehouse in Benin - VanguardOne feared dead as hoodlums attack, loot warehouse in Benin  Vanguard

GE Grid Solutions takes on Benin's high-voltage substation project - ESI AfricaGE Grid Solutions takes on Benin's high-voltage substation project  ESI Africa

Mozambique to Benin: Total sees a booming African LNG market - The Africa ReportMozambique to Benin: Total sees a booming African LNG market  The Africa Report

France’s National Assembly votes to return colonial-era artefacts to Benin and Senegal - Art NewspaperFrance’s National Assembly votes to return colonial-era artefacts to Benin and Senegal  Art Newspaper

BENIN: GE wins $47 million contract to build 4 substations - AFRIK 21BENIN: GE wins $47 million contract to build 4 substations  AFRIK 21

French National Assembly approves restitution bill to return 26 artefacts to Benin and Senegal - Art CritiqueFrench National Assembly approves restitution bill to return 26 artefacts to Benin and Senegal  Art Critique

Alarm over criminalisation of Benin Bronze protester - LexologyAlarm over criminalisation of Benin Bronze protester  Lexology

Benin: Elections Without Credible Opposition Sees Democratic Setback - Africanews EnglishBenin: Elections Without Credible Opposition Sees Democratic Setback  Africanews English

EXCLUSIVE: How Benin jailbreaks happened - Prison officials - Premium TimesEXCLUSIVE: How Benin jailbreaks happened - Prison officials  Premium Times

Benin: Former Journalist Jailed Over Facebook Post Released - AllAfrica.comBenin: Former Journalist Jailed Over Facebook Post Released  AllAfrica.com

West and Central Africa COVID-19 Digest, 28 Sep 2020 - Benin - ReliefWebWest and Central Africa COVID-19 Digest, 28 Sep 2020 - Benin  ReliefWeb

BENIN: SMEs receive 550 tricycles for waste collection from the great Nokoué - AFRIK 21BENIN: SMEs receive 550 tricycles for waste collection from the great Nokoué  AFRIK 21

BENIN: The organization Bénin ville propre launches a sanitation program in Ouidah - AFRIK 21BENIN: The organization Bénin ville propre launches a sanitation program in Ouidah  AFRIK 21

Benin Celebrates International Safe Abortion Day - In Photos | Figo - International Federation of Gynecology and ObstetricsBenin Celebrates International Safe Abortion Day - In Photos | Figo  International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics

Benin scores 'big victory' as it awaits return of looted treasures from France - RFI EnglishBenin scores 'big victory' as it awaits return of looted treasures from France  RFI English

Once unknown Nigerian 'masterpiece' by Ben Enwonwu up for sale - BBC NewsOnce unknown Nigerian 'masterpiece' by Ben Enwonwu up for sale  BBC News

‘The looting was a chaotic free-for-all’: Dan Hicks on the pillaging of the Benin Bronzes and how museums can address colonialism - Art Newspaper‘The looting was a chaotic free-for-all’: Dan Hicks on the pillaging of the Benin Bronzes and how museums can address colonialism  Art Newspaper

French MPs to vote on returning stolen artefacts to Benin, Senegal - The News InternationalFrench MPs to vote on returning stolen artefacts to Benin, Senegal  The News International

Intelligence Mentor for Pendjari & W National Parks, Benin - ReliefWebIntelligence Mentor for Pendjari & W National Parks, Benin  ReliefWeb

Isocel Benin receives EUR 6 mln from Bpifrance for network expansion - TelecompaperIsocel Benin receives EUR 6 mln from Bpifrance for network expansion  Telecompaper

UNICEF Benin COVID-19 Situation Report No. 22: 18 September - 2 October 2020 - Benin - ReliefWebUNICEF Benin COVID-19 Situation Report No. 22: 18 September - 2 October 2020 - Benin  ReliefWeb

Africa: Regional human rights bodies struggle to uphold rights amid political headwinds - Amnesty InternationalAfrica: Regional human rights bodies struggle to uphold rights amid political headwinds  Amnesty International

The State of African Regional Human Rights Bodies and Mechanisms 2019-2020 - World - ReliefWebThe State of African Regional Human Rights Bodies and Mechanisms 2019-2020 - World  ReliefWeb

Points of Progress: Tasmanian devils back in Australia, and more - The Christian Science MonitorPoints of Progress: Tasmanian devils back in Australia, and more  The Christian Science Monitor

What Essential Workers Heard at the Final Debate - Spectrum News 1What Essential Workers Heard at the Final Debate  Spectrum News 1

CNPC mapping out route for Niger-Benin pipe plans - Upstream OnlineCNPC mapping out route for Niger-Benin pipe plans  Upstream Online

Police arrest 12 suspects over attack on police stations in Benin - Pulse NigeriaPolice arrest 12 suspects over attack on police stations in Benin  Pulse Nigeria

#EndSARS protesters dump corpse in front of Edo Govt House - Premium Times#EndSARS protesters dump corpse in front of Edo Govt House  Premium Times

European Museums Keep Talking About Repatriating Colonial Objects. African Artists and Curators Have Ideas on How to Actually Make It Happen - TIMEEuropean Museums Keep Talking About Repatriating Colonial Objects. African Artists and Curators Have Ideas on How to Actually Make It Happen  TIME

Police Confirms Burning Of Stations In Benin, Ask Parents To Prevail On Children, Wards - Channels TelevisionPolice Confirms Burning Of Stations In Benin, Ask Parents To Prevail On Children, Wards  Channels Television

FRSC Reacts to an old Video of Fracas between its Officers with Tricycle Operator in Benin - PR Nigeria NewsFRSC Reacts to an old Video of Fracas between its Officers with Tricycle Operator in Benin  PR Nigeria News

#EndSARS: Hoodlums plunder Customs warehouse in Benin city - Ships&Ports#EndSARS: Hoodlums plunder Customs warehouse in Benin city  Ships&Ports

Nigerians hungrier now, thanks to Buhari’s policy on food imports - The Africa ReportNigerians hungrier now, thanks to Buhari’s policy on food imports  The Africa Report

Global Weather Hazards Summary: October 23 - 29, 2020 - World - ReliefWebGlobal Weather Hazards Summary: October 23 - 29, 2020 - World  ReliefWeb

Feed the People! The audacious ambitions of rural Benin women - Premium TimesFeed the People! The audacious ambitions of rural Benin women  Premium Times

Nigeria To Regain N136bn Transit Cargoes From Ghana, Togo, Benin - Leadership NewspapersNigeria To Regain N136bn Transit Cargoes From Ghana, Togo, Benin  Leadership Newspapers

Protesters break Benin prisons, free inmates [VIDEO] - Daily Post NigeriaProtesters break Benin prisons, free inmates [VIDEO]  Daily Post Nigeria

Nigeria: #endsars - 1993 Inmates Missing After Benin, Oko Jailbreaks - Official - AllAfrica.comNigeria: #endsars - 1993 Inmates Missing After Benin, Oko Jailbreaks - Official  AllAfrica.com

Student Union Leaders Join Protests in Benin - THISDAY NewspapersStudent Union Leaders Join Protests in Benin  THISDAY Newspapers

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

LAGOS-BENIN-DELTA HIGHWAY: 100 horror points - VanguardLAGOS-BENIN-DELTA HIGHWAY: 100 horror points  Vanguard

EndSARS: Two Hoodlums Caught Trying To Break Into Shops In Benin City During Curfew - GH GossipEndSARS: Two Hoodlums Caught Trying To Break Into Shops In Benin City During Curfew  GH Gossip

Soldiers in sporadic shooting again in Benin, disperse traders - P.M. NewsSoldiers in sporadic shooting again in Benin, disperse traders  P.M. News

Construction of Ariadne-Venus 400 KV line in KwaZulu-Natal, SA to begin - Construction ReviewConstruction of Ariadne-Venus 400 KV line in KwaZulu-Natal, SA to begin  Construction Review

Benin: Monuments from slave trade era restored in Ouidah city - Aljazeera.comBenin: Monuments from slave trade era restored in Ouidah city  Aljazeera.com

Benin residents impound police helicopter - The Nation NewspaperBenin residents impound police helicopter  The Nation Newspaper

#EndSARS: One dead, as protesters block Warri-Benin highway - Vanguard#EndSARS: One dead, as protesters block Warri-Benin highway  Vanguard

Benin to celebrate 60 years since independance - Africanews EnglishBenin to celebrate 60 years since independance  Africanews English

Benin takes business registration online at critical time - UNCTADBenin takes business registration online at critical time  UNCTAD

LU | Simone Leigh: Against the Artist-Individual - Cornell University The Cornell Daily SunLU | Simone Leigh: Against the Artist-Individual  Cornell University The Cornell Daily Sun

BENIN: Water monitoring brigade to be established soon - AFRIK 21BENIN: Water monitoring brigade to be established soon  AFRIK 21

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

Breaking: Another 'Alleged' Prison Break in Benin City - GH GossipBreaking: Another 'Alleged' Prison Break in Benin City  GH Gossip

Benin goes on digital offensive against COVID-19 - World Health OrganizationBenin goes on digital offensive against COVID-19  World Health Organization

Benin says it does not have the money to confine the population - Outlook IndiaBenin says it does not have the money to confine the population  Outlook India

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 votes in controversial local polls despite COVID-19 threat - Aljazeera.comBenin votes in controversial local polls despite COVID-19 threat  Aljazeera.com

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

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

Obaseki Congratulates Oba Of Benin On Coronation Anniversary - CHANNELS TELEVISIONObaseki Congratulates Oba Of Benin On Coronation Anniversary  CHANNELS TELEVISION

Benin restores slavery monuments to testify to brutal history - Global TimesBenin restores slavery monuments to testify to brutal history  Global Times

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

Nigeria-Benin: Dangote mediates border fight for Buhari and Talon - The Africa ReportNigeria-Benin: Dangote mediates border fight for Buhari and Talon  The Africa Report

Nigeria’s Benin Bronzes: ‘It’s not the place of the British to decide their fate’ - The Africa ReportNigeria’s Benin Bronzes: ‘It’s not the place of the British to decide their fate’  The Africa Report

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

Benin to hold contentious local polls despite coronavirus threat - Aljazeera.comBenin to hold contentious local polls despite coronavirus threat  Aljazeera.com

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

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

BENIN: AFD allocates 58 million euros to improve urban resilience - AFRIK 21BENIN: AFD allocates 58 million euros to improve urban resilience  AFRIK 21

Benin Farmers Back President's Re-Election Amid Cotton Bonanza - BNNBenin Farmers Back President's Re-Election Amid Cotton Bonanza  BNN

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

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

13 crew kidnapped from tanker off Benin - Splash247 - Splash 24713 crew kidnapped from tanker off Benin - Splash247  Splash 247

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

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

Nine seafarers kidnapped from tanker by pirates off Benin - Seatrade Maritime NewsNine seafarers kidnapped from tanker by pirates off Benin  Seatrade Maritime News

Benin Plans to Sell More Than $550 Million in Bonds - BloombergQuintBenin Plans to Sell More Than $550 Million in Bonds  BloombergQuint

Across Africa - Benin looks back on its links to the slave trade - FRANCE 24Across Africa - Benin looks back on its links to the slave trade  FRANCE 24

#EndSARS: Hoodlums paid to attack Benin protesters, says handballer Nosa-Odia - The Punch#EndSARS: Hoodlums paid to attack Benin protesters, says handballer Nosa-Odia  The Punch

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

9 Sailors Kidnapped By Suspected Pirates Off Africa's Benin - NDTV News9 Sailors Kidnapped By Suspected Pirates Off Africa's Benin  NDTV News

Delivering lifesaving equipment: WHO secures COVID-19 supplies in Benin, Nicaragua, Peru and Sierra Leone - World Health OrganizationDelivering lifesaving equipment: WHO secures COVID-19 supplies in Benin, Nicaragua, Peru and Sierra Leone  World Health Organization

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 Sentences Ex-Minister to Prison in Absentia - BloombergQuintBenin Sentences Ex-Minister to Prison in Absentia  BloombergQuint

The Latest in Restitutions: Activists Stand Trial for Protest in French Museum Over Plundered Artifacts - HyperallergicThe Latest in Restitutions: Activists Stand Trial for Protest in French Museum Over Plundered Artifacts  Hyperallergic

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

Cargo Traffic Soars at Nigeria Ports on Benin Border Closure - BloombergQuintCargo Traffic Soars at Nigeria Ports on Benin Border Closure  BloombergQuint

BENIN: Greenlight planet and Aress electrify 5,000 households with solar power - AFRIK 21BENIN: Greenlight planet and Aress electrify 5,000 households with solar power  AFRIK 21

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

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

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

China helps Benin to cope with COVID-19 - Xinhua | English.news.cn - XinhuaChina helps Benin to cope with COVID-19 - Xinhua | English.news.cn  Xinhua

“The Prisoners In Benin Were Set Free By Warders” – Kemi Olunloyo Alleges - GH Gossip“The Prisoners In Benin Were Set Free By Warders” – Kemi Olunloyo Alleges  GH Gossip