Cotonou Benin Events
Thomas Boni Yayi promised to contribute 800 troops to a regional force to fight Boko Haram during a visit by Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari to mark Benin's independence day. Following the meeting in Chad in November, a conference will be held in Côte d'Ivoire to discuss issues such as poverty, human rights and the environment, and peace and security. A few days before Pope Benedict XVI is to present an 87-page pastoral guide for the continent, he called on African leaders to stop "depriving their people of hope" and to govern responsibly.
So far, eleven countries have signed up to the programme and, according to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Human Rights (OCHA), some old draft laws have been transformed into new ones.
In Cotonou, Benin's largest city, the tourist office recommends that we return to voodoo to see the ceremonies that are choreographed in Benin by mostly French tourists. As we walk through the collection, we meet Fulani who live in West Africa, from Senegal to Sudan and further north inBenin. Filbert returned to the commune with the powerful fetish Dankoli, but not for the first time.
Bariba, real name Baatombu, was known as the pre-colonial kingdom of Borgu, which also extended as far as Nigeria. Dahomey dominated the regional slave trade, and today Benin includes many other groups living in the region, from the Fulani to the Ivory Coast and Nigerians.
Nigeria's decision to unilaterally close its land border with its neighbour in August 2019, Benin's main economic partner, has dealt a major blow to economic activity in Benin. While the Porto - Novo Lagoon lagoon provides a natural waterway to Lagos harbour in Nigeria to the east and prevents political boundaries from being used, the Grand Popo lagoon extends to neighbouring Togo and beyond.
From 20 to 25 February 1996, the National Democratic Institute (NDI) was sent to Benin and the OAU set up a special mission to investigate mercenary attacks carried out in 1996 in response to a series of attacks by mercenaries in the country.
The tertiary hospital, which was to become a military hospital in the Republic of Benin, had only a 15-bed inpatient capacity. This was followed by the construction of a new hospital on the outskirts of the capital, Côte d'Ivoire, and the opening of an ambulance.
Djaoudath originally came from the University of Parakou in northern Benin, but began his career with the group ESC Troyes in Champagne, France.
The group received a full charter from the Grand Lodge of England in 1784 and has offshoots worldwide, including in the United States, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Australia, New Zealand, the Netherlands and Canada. He was also a member of the National Council of Benin, a national association of members of the country. It was founded in 1811 with 15 members, including members of the local branch and the regional branch as well as other members. The group had offshoots in France and England, but there were also bees from other countries, such as Senegal, the United States, Ivory Coast, etc.
As our guide Mireille explained, the monarchy of Benin has survived: "The king had ten pennies, but he was ten pennies because, as she explains, he survived.
On 20 March, Benin held a presidential runoff in which Prime Minister Lionel Zinsou prevailed over the cotton magnate Patrice Talon, who was once accused of trying to poison the current president. Although Talon allegedly attempted a coup against Boni Yayi in 2012, he has remained stable since.
After Yayi's presidency, his party, the National Democratic Alliance for Democracy and Emerging Technologies, won the election. For example, the party of the son of the former president - the law and former finance minister Jean-Pierre Gueckedou - won 15 seats in the National Assembly.
A succession of twelve kings ruled Abomey, Dahomey, and Benin, and each of them built magnificent palaces. Mathieu Kerekou (* 1933) seized power on 26 October 1991 and ruled Dahomesy and later Benin until his death on 31 December 1992.
The event was declining in the 20th century, but the tradition continues to this day, where acrobatic performances are also part of the entertainment. The meeting is held in Benin's capital, Cotonou, and many expats are there, as are Abomey and Dahomesy. While these elements may be a little challenging, they enjoy traditional cuisine and interaction with friendly locals. In any case, it is not too late to visit this peaceful, democratic West African ivory, sandwiched between Nigeria and Togo. Most of the expatriates living in both countries usually live in Ivory Coast, and most of them travel to the capital of Benin, which is itself one of Africa's safest countries, if not the safest.
The African coast, where more than half a million Africans emigrated to sell into slavery, makes the Masons of Benin emotional as they leave the Prince Hall lodge. However, they have not lost their cultural significance, as many of their members from Ivory Coast, Nigeria and Togo have come to Cotonou from Ben in the last few weeks of the month to meet.