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Benin is a country in West Africa. It is bordered by Togo to the west, Nigeria to the east, and Burkina Faso and Niger to the north. The majority of its population lives on the small southern coastline of the Bight of Benin, part of the Gulf of Guinea in the northernmost tropical portion of the Atlantic Ocean. The capital of Benin is Porto-Novo, but the seat of government is in Cotonou, the country’s largest city and economic capital. Benin covers an area of 114,763 square kilometres and its population in 2016 was estimated to be approximately 10.87 million. Benin is a tropical nation, highly dependent on agriculture, and is a large exporter of cotton and palm oil. Substantial employment and income arise from subsistence farming.

The official language of Benin is French. However, indigenous languages such as Fon and Yoruba are commonly spoken. The largest religious group in Benin is Roman Catholicism, followed closely by Islam, Vodun and Protestantism. Benin is a member of the United Nations, the African Union, the Economic Community of West African States, the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation, the South Atlantic Peace and Cooperation Zone, La Francophonie, the Community of Sahel-Saharan States, the African Petroleum Producers Association and the Niger Basin Authority.

From the 17th to the 19th century, the main political entities in the area were the Kingdom of Dahomey, along with the city-state of Porto-Novo, and a large area with many different nations to the north. This region was referred to as the Slave Coast from as early as the 17th century due to the large number of enslaved people who were shipped to the New World during the Trans-Atlantic slave trade. After enslavement was abolished, France took over the country and renamed it French Dahomey. In 1960, Dahomey gained full independence from France. The sovereign state has had a tumultuous history since then, with many different democratic governments, military coups, and military governments.

A Marxist–Leninist state called the People’s Republic of Benin existed between 1975 and 1990. In 1991, it was replaced by the current multi-party Republic of Benin.

Source : Article Benin from Wikipédia

Here I am with a Vodun priestess on my right and a Vodun priest on my left. They are both devotees of Mamiwata, divinity of the Sea. The picture was taken
after a long photo session inside the convent where I made portraits of Vodun adepts. I was honored and privileged to be able to do this, since outsiders are
forbidden from entering the convent. Only the initiated can enter, and even then it requires advance permission. I was required to wear the white cloth(pagne)
to enter; also to remove my shoes and hat. If I had not been previously initiated(in the convent of Daagbo Hounon two years ago) I would not have been
allowed in. The next two posts will be portraits of these two people. Photographed by Omer Affognon in Ouida, Benin. #Benin #Vodun #Vodoun #VooDoo #travel #explore #natgeotravel #indigenouscultures #natgeo #natgeotravel #explorepage #africa #fineart #portraitphotography #portrait #africanportraits #insidenatgeo #natgeo #photography #travelphotography natgeo_africa insidenatgeo
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