It is with no exaggeration that Africans boast about the richness of the continent in culture, in resources, in hospitality and of the best jollof. Each country carries its load of history and a irrevocable charm that will fascinate anyone curious enough to delve into it.
And here you are, ready to explore! Good for you! We are excited to guide you through your journey into discovering one of African’s spiritual gems, the republic of Benin.
Benin has an interesting history of kingship and conquest that deserves its own section for analysis and breakdown, which we will get to in due time (be sure to check our blogs often). But for an introduction, we’ll give you an idea of what the country is like right now and move backwards from there.
Occupied by approximately 11 million people, Benin is a small west African country that was colonized by the French. Formerly known as Dahomey, Benin was emancipated from its colonial power on August 1st, 1960 and declared an “independent” colony. It is revered for being one of Africa’s most stable democracy.
Its capital is Porto-Novo, but Cotonou is its biggest city and houses the country’s government. The official language of the country is French, due to its colonial past, but there are a variety of ethnic dialects spoken as well. For such a small country in size, there is so much to say about Benin’s cultural, social and political climates. Come explore it with us!