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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French group returns colonial-era royal artefacts to Benin - The Local FranceFrench group returns colonial-era royal artefacts to Benin  The Local France

Democracy under threat in Benin Republic, letter to African Union, ECOWAS says - TODAY NEWS AFRICADemocracy under threat in Benin Republic, letter to African Union, ECOWAS says  TODAY NEWS AFRICA

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

Over the next three months, Togo, Benin, and Ghana will get fewer gas supplies from Nigeria - Togo FirstOver the next three months, Togo, Benin, and Ghana will get fewer gas supplies from Nigeria  Togo First

Benin museum receives looted artifacts from France - Face2Face AfricaBenin museum receives looted artifacts from France  Face2Face Africa

Benin celebrates west African voodoo – in pictures | World news - The GuardianBenin celebrates west African voodoo – in pictures | World news  The Guardian

Benin welcomes back 28 antique royal artefacts - RFIBenin welcomes back 28 antique royal artefacts  RFI

Benin negotiates with France to return precious objects taken during colonial war - PRIBenin negotiates with France to return precious objects taken during colonial war  PRI

Flour Mills of Nigeria backs closure of border with Benin - The Africa ReportFlour Mills of Nigeria backs closure of border with Benin  The Africa Report

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

Spirit world: the rebirth of voodoo in its birthplace Benin - South China Morning PostSpirit world: the rebirth of voodoo in its birthplace Benin  South China Morning Post

Benin-Nigeria border closure: Govt considers compensation for affected businesses - GhanaWebBenin-Nigeria border closure: Govt considers compensation for affected businesses  GhanaWeb

A Group of Principled French Art Dealers Teamed Up to Buy 27 Looted African Artifacts at Auction—So They Could Return Them to Benin - artnet NewsA Group of Principled French Art Dealers Teamed Up to Buy 27 Looted African Artifacts at Auction—So They Could Return Them to Benin  artnet News

Hajj and Umrah officials meet Benin delegation - ArabnewsHajj and Umrah officials meet Benin delegation  Arabnews

WFP Benin Country Brief, September 2019 - Benin - ReliefWebWFP Benin Country Brief, September 2019 - Benin  ReliefWeb

Togo was Benin's second-biggest electricity supplier in 2018 - Togo FirstTogo was Benin's second-biggest electricity supplier in 2018  Togo First

Voodoo makes a comeback in its Benin home - Daily NationVoodoo makes a comeback in its Benin home  Daily Nation

3 Days, 2 Nights in Benin RepublicGuardian Life - Guardian3 Days, 2 Nights in Benin RepublicGuardian Life  Guardian

BENIN: Training session in agroecology scheduled for February 2020 - AFRIK 21BENIN: Training session in agroecology scheduled for February 2020  AFRIK 21

Minister decries state of Housing project In... - PR Nigeria NewsMinister decries state of Housing project In...  PR Nigeria News

La Porte du Non-Retour (The Door of No Return) – Benin - Atlas ObscuraLa Porte du Non-Retour (The Door of No Return) – Benin  Atlas Obscura

Benin Telecommunications Market 2020, Strategic Analysis and Outlook to 2025-Analysis of Benin Mobile, Fixed Telephone and Broadband Markets – Dagoretti News - Dagoretti NewsBenin Telecommunications Market 2020, Strategic Analysis and Outlook to 2025-Analysis of Benin Mobile, Fixed Telephone and Broadband Markets – Dagoretti News  Dagoretti News

Minister sheds tears as Benin reaches milestone in cotton production - Guardian NigeriaMinister sheds tears as Benin reaches milestone in cotton production  Guardian Nigeria

President Buhari says partial border closure is not to punish Ghana, Benin Republic, and other West African nations - Pulse NigeriaPresident Buhari says partial border closure is not to punish Ghana, Benin Republic, and other West African nations  Pulse Nigeria

Two killed in new clashes in central Benin - Manila BulletinTwo killed in new clashes in central Benin  Manila Bulletin

Benin reports meningitis outbreak in Banikoara Commune - Outbreak News TodayBenin reports meningitis outbreak in Banikoara Commune  Outbreak News Today

Benin jails journalist over Facebook post - Jamaica ObserverBenin jails journalist over Facebook post  Jamaica Observer

Obaseki begs NDDC for Benin/Abraka road counterpart fund - GuardianObaseki begs NDDC for Benin/Abraka road counterpart fund  Guardian

Benin: Groupe Empire to reward best business leaders come January 11 - Ecofin Agency: Economic information from AfricaBenin: Groupe Empire to reward best business leaders come January 11  Ecofin Agency: Economic information from Africa

FIIRO DG: FG sends envoys to Benin varsity - The PunchFIIRO DG: FG sends envoys to Benin varsity  The Punch

Minister condemns housing project location in Benin - The PunchMinister condemns housing project location in Benin  The Punch

Man dies in Benin hotel’s swimming pool - The PunchMan dies in Benin hotel’s swimming pool  The Punch

Officials establish contact with 20 Indian sailors abducted off Benin - Ships&PortsOfficials establish contact with 20 Indian sailors abducted off Benin  Ships&Ports

Border control: Flour Mills of Nigeria backs closure of border with Benin - GhanaWebBorder control: Flour Mills of Nigeria backs closure of border with Benin  GhanaWeb

Nigeria says it will only reopen land borders until Niger and the Benin Republic have complied with the ECOWAS trade agreements - Pulse NigeriaNigeria says it will only reopen land borders until Niger and the Benin Republic have complied with the ECOWAS trade agreements  Pulse Nigeria

BENIN AUTHORITIES SENTENCE BENIN WEB TV JOURNALIST IGNACE SOSSOU TO 18 MONTHS IN PRISON - Black Star NewsBENIN AUTHORITIES SENTENCE BENIN WEB TV JOURNALIST IGNACE SOSSOU TO 18 MONTHS IN PRISON  Black Star News

???? Zanaco arrive in Benin ahead of ESAE clash - Futaa???? Zanaco arrive in Benin ahead of ESAE clash  Futaa

Benin monarch plans Cross River memorial for late Ovonramwen - The PunchBenin monarch plans Cross River memorial for late Ovonramwen  The Punch

Best African football teams of 2019 - The Africa ReportBest African football teams of 2019  The Africa Report

Communal crisis: Kolokolo community send SOS to Buhari, Benin monarch, Obaseki over attacks - Daily Post NigeriaCommunal crisis: Kolokolo community send SOS to Buhari, Benin monarch, Obaseki over attacks  Daily Post Nigeria

CCIJ joins global community to condemn jailing of Benin journalist, Ignace Sossou - Ghana Business NewsCCIJ joins global community to condemn jailing of Benin journalist, Ignace Sossou  Ghana Business News

Investigation: Untold stories of smuggling, struggles at Nigeria-Benin border - NIGERIAN TRIBUNEInvestigation: Untold stories of smuggling, struggles at Nigeria-Benin border  NIGERIAN TRIBUNE

Edo APC Crisis: Leave Oba of Benin Out of Politics, Oshiomhole Faction Warns Governor’s Camp - TELL - shola akinyeleEdo APC Crisis: Leave Oba of Benin Out of Politics, Oshiomhole Faction Warns Governor’s Camp - TELL  shola akinyele

???? ???? CAF CC: Zanaco handed poor reception in Benin - Futaa.com???? ???? CAF CC: Zanaco handed poor reception in Benin  Futaa.com

Benin scales up piracy preventing measures in Cotonou port - Xinhua | English.news.cn - XinhuaBenin scales up piracy preventing measures in Cotonou port - Xinhua | English.news.cn  Xinhua

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

Benin Awakens to the Threat of Terrorism After Safari Ends in a Nightmare - The New York TimesBenin Awakens to the Threat of Terrorism After Safari Ends in a Nightmare  The New York Times

France promises to return seized artworks to Benin by 2021 - FRANCE 24 EnglishFrance promises to return seized artworks to Benin by 2021  FRANCE 24 English

Benin: head of mission to the EU declared persona non grata - EU NewsBenin: head of mission to the EU declared persona non grata  EU News

France promises to return 26 looted Benin artefacts by 2021 - Art NewspaperFrance promises to return 26 looted Benin artefacts by 2021  Art Newspaper

Nine Killed As Fire Guts Passenger Bus Along Benin-Ore Expressway - Channels TelevisionNine Killed As Fire Guts Passenger Bus Along Benin-Ore Expressway  Channels Television

Benin tells EU ambassador to leave country: Report - Anadolu AgencyBenin tells EU ambassador to leave country: Report  Anadolu Agency

African Free Trade Stumbles With Nigerian Blockade of Benin - BloombergAfrican Free Trade Stumbles With Nigerian Blockade of Benin  Bloomberg

Thanksgiving Memories From A Peace Corps Volunteer:Spaghetti Omelet, No Turkey, Lots Of Gratitude : Goats and Soda - NPRThanksgiving Memories From A Peace Corps Volunteer:Spaghetti Omelet, No Turkey, Lots Of Gratitude : Goats and Soda  NPR

Batonga Foundation, TOMS and UNICEF partner to give girls in Benin new shoes - UNICEFBatonga Foundation, TOMS and UNICEF partner to give girls in Benin new shoes  UNICEF

How I helped a Benin bronze get back home - The GuardianHow I helped a Benin bronze get back home  The Guardian

Benin stolen artifacts of 1897 sparks massive public education on national treasures - English ForwardBenin stolen artifacts of 1897 sparks massive public education on national treasures  English Forward

India offers USD 100 million line of credit to Benin during President Kovind's visit - India TodayIndia offers USD 100 million line of credit to Benin during President Kovind's visit  India Today

Fitch Affirms Benin at 'B'; Outlook Positive - african-markets.comFitch Affirms Benin at 'B'; Outlook Positive  african-markets.com

Soldier's grandson to return items he looted from Benin City - The GuardianSoldier's grandson to return items he looted from Benin City  The Guardian

Benin asks EU to replace ambassador - Xinhua | English.news.cn - XinhuaBenin asks EU to replace ambassador - Xinhua | English.news.cn  Xinhua

The effects of Nigeria’s closed borders on informal trade with Benin - Brookings InstitutionThe effects of Nigeria’s closed borders on informal trade with Benin  Brookings Institution

Benin shuts internet, blocks WhatsApp, Facebook ahead of election - QuartzBenin shuts internet, blocks WhatsApp, Facebook ahead of election  Quartz

Nuclear Techniques Help Reveal High Rate of Soil Erosion in Benin - International Atomic Energy AgencyNuclear Techniques Help Reveal High Rate of Soil Erosion in Benin  International Atomic Energy Agency

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

8 African nations to withdraw cash reserves from France - Anadolu Agency8 African nations to withdraw cash reserves from France  Anadolu Agency

Benin Expels EU Ambassador After Accusing Him of ‘Interference’ - BloombergBenin Expels EU Ambassador After Accusing Him of ‘Interference’  Bloomberg

Benin tells EU ambassador to leave, citing 'interference' - EURACTIVBenin tells EU ambassador to leave, citing 'interference'  EURACTIV

West African CFA-Franc nations plan to move reserves from France - Aljazeera.comWest African CFA-Franc nations plan to move reserves from France  Aljazeera.com

Nigerian Leader Says Rice Smuggling on Benin Border Alarming - BloombergNigerian Leader Says Rice Smuggling on Benin Border Alarming  Bloomberg

Nigeria threatens to stop supplying power to Togo, Benin, and Niger, for non-payment of debts - Togo FirstNigeria threatens to stop supplying power to Togo, Benin, and Niger, for non-payment of debts  Togo First

From Benin to Canada: An incredible chain of events - UNICEFFrom Benin to Canada: An incredible chain of events  UNICEF

Nigeria to form border force with neighbors Benin and Niger to fight smuggling - ReutersNigeria to form border force with neighbors Benin and Niger to fight smuggling  Reuters

Benin and Nigeria join growing African Union landmark trade pact - Al Jazeera AmericaBenin and Nigeria join growing African Union landmark trade pact  Al Jazeera America

The Fall of a Model Democracy - The AtlanticThe Fall of a Model Democracy  The Atlantic

It Was a Robust Democracy. Then the New President Took Power. - The New York TimesIt Was a Robust Democracy. Then the New President Took Power.  The New York Times

Press Freedom Fears After West Africa Leaks Reporter Convicted in Benin - International Consortium of Investigative JournalistsPress Freedom Fears After West Africa Leaks Reporter Convicted in Benin  International Consortium of Investigative Journalists

Nigeria’s Benin border closure is a warning for AfCFTA trade deal - Quartz AfricaNigeria’s Benin border closure is a warning for AfCFTA trade deal  Quartz Africa

Benin court bans presidential rival Zinsou from polls for 5 years - Al Jazeera EnglishBenin court bans presidential rival Zinsou from polls for 5 years  Al Jazeera English

Benin's ex-president Boni Yayi leaves country - FRANCE 24Benin's ex-president Boni Yayi leaves country  FRANCE 24

Benin: Internet shutdown on election day is a blunt attack on freedom of expression - Amnesty InternationalBenin: Internet shutdown on election day is a blunt attack on freedom of expression  Amnesty International

France will help fund Benin museum housing looted artifacts - Quartz AfricaFrance will help fund Benin museum housing looted artifacts  Quartz Africa

Benin tourist hunt: 'Guide's body found' with French pair missing - BBC NewsBenin tourist hunt: 'Guide's body found' with French pair missing  BBC News

Benin elections: Protesters call for president to resign - Aljazeera.comBenin elections: Protesters call for president to resign  Aljazeera.com

How Benin's democratic crown has slipped - BBC NewsHow Benin's democratic crown has slipped  BBC News

Benin Convenes National Dialog Over Country’s Political Crisis - BloombergBenin Convenes National Dialog Over Country’s Political Crisis  Bloomberg

Africa Cup of Nations: Benin shock Morocco to set up Senegal clash - The GuardianAfrica Cup of Nations: Benin shock Morocco to set up Senegal clash  The Guardian

Nigeria's border closure with Benin won't stop customs corruption - Quartz AfricaNigeria's border closure with Benin won't stop customs corruption  Quartz Africa

Benin readies for return of treasures taken by France - FRANCE 24Benin readies for return of treasures taken by France  FRANCE 24

Benin: Soldiers shoot at protesters in post-election unrest - DW (English)Benin: Soldiers shoot at protesters in post-election unrest  DW (English)

One Country, Ten Deposits: Benin Joins Nuclear Safety, Security and Liability Treaty Instruments, Brings into Force a Safeguards Agreement and Additional Protocol - International Atomic Energy AgencyOne Country, Ten Deposits: Benin Joins Nuclear Safety, Security and Liability Treaty Instruments, Brings into Force a Safeguards Agreement and Additional Protocol  International Atomic Energy Agency

Senegal 1-0 Benin: Africa Cup of Nations quarter-final – as it happened - The GuardianSenegal 1-0 Benin: Africa Cup of Nations quarter-final – as it happened  The Guardian

Seedorf wants crowd-pleasing Cameroon victory over Benin - FRANCE 24Seedorf wants crowd-pleasing Cameroon victory over Benin  FRANCE 24

Benin: Crackdown on protests and wave of arrests fuel tense election period - Amnesty InternationalBenin: Crackdown on protests and wave of arrests fuel tense election period  Amnesty International

Benin Bishops say political mediation continues - Vatican NewsBenin Bishops say political mediation continues  Vatican News

Benin stun Morocco to set up Senegal clash at Africa Cup of Nations - FRANCE 24Benin stun Morocco to set up Senegal clash at Africa Cup of Nations  FRANCE 24

Gaani Festival held in Nikki, Benin - Xinhua | English.news.cn - XinhuaGaani Festival held in Nikki, Benin - Xinhua | English.news.cn  Xinhua

Fuel for thought: black market in petrol in Togo and Benin – in pictures - The GuardianFuel for thought: black market in petrol in Togo and Benin – in pictures  The Guardian

Benin lake community: Fishermen struggle to stay afloat - Al Jazeera AmericaBenin lake community: Fishermen struggle to stay afloat  Al Jazeera America

'They fooled us': Benin bulldozes district, leaving residents homeless - Jordan Times'They fooled us': Benin bulldozes district, leaving residents homeless  Jordan Times