• Cotonou, Benin

    A short informative story on the financial capital of Cotonou, Benin. The story was produced in 1999 and was part of a four part series introducing Virginians to the Republic of Benin and the reconciliation conference held there. This story is part of the Emmy award-winning documentary, Noble Desire, A Time for Healing.

    published: 27 Jan 2013
  • BENIN,COTONOU, LEGENDADO EM PORTUGUÊS

    descobra cotonou , a capital econômica da Republica do BENIM.

    published: 15 Jan 2011
  • Benin: Capital City Of Voodoo

    Some Voodoo priests use herbs to cure the sick - and possibly to poison enemies. They also sometimes ask for offerings, such as a chicken or a sheep, which is then sacrificed to the divinity, or some alcohol is poured onto the floor. This can happen when asking for help or when you wish has been granted. People seek help on a variety of issues - to be cured of a disease, find a job, complete a business deal, find a spouse or have a child. Republic of Benin, West Africa celebrated the 23rd Voodoo festival in 2016. The festival means a lot to the people, a religion approved by the government with more than 60% of the population devoted to it. Media reports indicate that since 1997, followers have gathered at Ouidah, a town in Benin to be blessed by the city’s Voodoo chief who sacrifices a ...

    published: 07 Jul 2016
  • Top 10 Largest Cities or Towns of Benin

    Thanks for watching.... 1. Cotonou 2. Abomey-Calavi 3. Djougou 4. Porto-Novo 5. Parakou 6. Tchaourou 7. Kandi 8. Bohicon 9. Malanville 10. Ouidah Music : Path to Follow,Jingle Punks; YouTube Audio Library Benin, officially the Republic of Benin (French: République du Bénin), is a country in West Africa. It is bordered by Togo to the west, by Nigeria to the east and by Burkina Faso and Niger to the north. A majority of the population live on its small southern coastline on 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 approximately 115,000 square kilometers (42,000 sq mi), with a ...

    published: 08 Oct 2014
  • Benin City

    Aerial view of Benin city, the state capital of Edo state, the heart beat of Nigeria.

    published: 13 Jan 2017
  • Lagos to Benin Republic

    Travelling by road form Lagos Nigeria to the capital city of the Republic of Benin

    published: 22 Jun 2016
  • Niger building rail link to Benin's largest city

    The government in Niger is building a railway link from the capital Niamey to neighbouring Benin’s largest city, Cotonou. The $1.8bn project was first mooted during the 1930s when the country was under French rule. Once completed it will give Niger access to ports on the Atlantic. Al Jazeera's Mohammed Vall reports from Niamey. Subscribe to our channel http://bit.ly/AJSubscribe Follow us on Twitter https://twitter.com/AJEnglish Find us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/aljazeera Check our website http://www.aljazeera.com/

    published: 16 Mar 2016
  • Abomey, Benin and the Dahomey Kingdom

    After spending one night in Cotonou, the capital of Benin, I decided that it was best to press on towards Nigeria. However, I wanted to go a different direction since I've heard the main border to Nigeria is a zoo. Thus, I headed into Central Benin to a place called Abomey to spend the night. Abomey was once the center of an incredibly powerful and fierce empire in Benin. Today, Abomey holds a really impressive UNESCO world heritage site and some old palaces. Upon arrival to Abomey, I took part in a tour around the old palaces. Tomorrow, I head onward to Nigeria. Stay tuned. For travel articles and photography by Brendan van Son, visit his blog http://www.brendansadventures.com For more travel videos, check us out online at http://www.itsmylife365.com

    published: 28 Jun 2013
  • Benin City, the mighty medieval capital now lost without trace

    published: 21 Jan 2017
  • Benin voodoo day: 23rd voodoo National day celebrated in capital Cotonou

    Benin at the weekend celebrated its National Voodoo Day. Once banned, the religion is recognised in the West African country - and very popular. CCTV's Leslie Mirungu has more

    published: 11 Jan 2016
  • Foras Free-zone in Benin المنطقة الحرة في بنين شركة فرص

    Foras International Investment Company intends to build the first and biggest Free Zone in Porto Novo the capital city of Benin, which costs USD 58 million, as part of its strategy to pump more than USD 1 billion of direct investments within the coming ten years in Benin.أعلنت شركة فرص الدولية للاستثمار عن خطتها إنشاء أول وأكبر منطقة تجارية حرة على الحدود مع نيجيريا في مدينة بورتونوفو بجمهورية بنين بتكلفة 58 مليون دولار أمريكي وذلك ضمن خطتها الاستراتيجية لضخ بليون دولار من الاستثمار الأجنبية المباشرة في بنين. Hatim Mukhtar حاتم مختار

    published: 26 Oct 2009
  • Benin Connexion - dérive Connectée - Cotonou/W-Africa

    The video covers in 14 minutes the nearly 5 hour city exploration of Cotonou/W-Africa which took place on Nov 11th at the Benin Biennale 2012. Cotonou has faced an incredible development and turned from a coastal village quickly into a capital city, prosperous and abounding. The city rapidly exceeded the borders established by the colonial power and the occidental way of understanding a city. Therefore new experimental ways of capturing Cotonou need to be explored to bring different insight into this place of rapid change and transition. Organized by Benin Connexion and dérive - Society for Urban Research, dérive Connectée tried to connect the cities of Cotonou and Vienna by walking simultaneously on routes that met on certain points like places, bridges or crossings. The walk in Cotonou ...

    published: 18 Nov 2012
  • Foras International Hotel in Benin فندق فرص الدولية في بنين

    Foras International Investment Company intends to build the first 5 stars hotel in Porto Novo the capital city of Benin, which costs USD 23 million, as part of its strategy to pump more than USD 1 billion of direct investments within the coming ten years in Benin.أعلنت شركة فرص الدولية للاستثمار عن خطتها إنشاء أكبر فندق خمسة نجوم في مدينة بورتونوفو بجمهورية بنين بتكلفة 23 مليون دولار أمريكي وذلك ضمن خطتها الاستراتيجية لضخ بليون دولار من الاستثمار الأجنبية المباشرة في بنين.Hatim Mukhtar حاتم مختار

    published: 26 Oct 2009
  • Foras international Shopping Mall in Benin المركز التجاري شركة فرص في بنين

    Foras International Investment Company intends to build the first shopping mall center in Porto Novo the capital city of Benin, which costs USD 26 million, as part of its strategy to pump more than USD 1 billion of direct investments within the coming ten years in Benin.أعلنت شركة فرص الدولية للاستثمار عن خطتها إنشاء أكبر مركز تجاري (مول) في مدينة بورتونوفو بجمهورية بنين بتكلفة 26 مليون دولار أمريكي وذلك ضمن خطتها الاستراتيجية لضخ بليون دولار من الاستثمار الأجنبية المباشرة في بنين. Hatim Mukhtar حاتم مختار

    published: 26 Oct 2009
  • Benin battles rising seas

    Rising sea levels due to climate change in the Gulf of Guinea are swallowing up large partions of Benin's coastline. The United Nations says the West African country's coast has retreated by 400 metres in the last 40 years as the waters destroyed many homes there. Environmentalists say studies show the sea levels will keep rising by more than 50 centimetres, which would threaten to destroy the entire commercial capital Cotonou.   Jonah Hull reports from Benin, where many are fighting the giant waves. [November 13, 2010]

    published: 13 Nov 2010
  • 7 Facts about Benin

    Learn, Share, Subscribe The Oceanian series: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLbZJ71IJGFRT-Yslq4Rpl_1bByPrZqYyM The American Series: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLbZJ71IJGFRR8eYVQa9r_t3h4Tc2bmhsu The Asian series: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLbZJ71IJGFRRGIkTyr4u371Fx6e88Qx2N The European Series: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLbZJ71IJGFRTa_XMM9a4hDh2Yo9CsZzOR Social Media: https://twitter.com/Sebastian2Go https://www.facebook.com/official7facts ------------------------------------------------ In this brief video you can find seven little known facts about Benin. More information about the video content bellow: 1. Benin is among the places from where voodoo originated. Here it is called Vodun and it’s an ancient religion, that doesn’t really have anythi...

    published: 17 Dec 2016
Cotonou, Benin

Cotonou, Benin

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  • Updated: 27 Jan 2013
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A short informative story on the financial capital of Cotonou, Benin. The story was produced in 1999 and was part of a four part series introducing Virginians to the Republic of Benin and the reconciliation conference held there. This story is part of the Emmy award-winning documentary, Noble Desire, A Time for Healing.
https://wn.com/Cotonou,_Benin
BENIN,COTONOU, LEGENDADO EM PORTUGUÊS

BENIN,COTONOU, LEGENDADO EM PORTUGUÊS

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  • Updated: 15 Jan 2011
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descobra cotonou , a capital econômica da Republica do BENIM.
https://wn.com/Benin,Cotonou,_Legendado_Em_Português
Benin: Capital City Of Voodoo

Benin: Capital City Of Voodoo

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  • Updated: 07 Jul 2016
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Some Voodoo priests use herbs to cure the sick - and possibly to poison enemies. They also sometimes ask for offerings, such as a chicken or a sheep, which is then sacrificed to the divinity, or some alcohol is poured onto the floor. This can happen when asking for help or when you wish has been granted. People seek help on a variety of issues - to be cured of a disease, find a job, complete a business deal, find a spouse or have a child. Republic of Benin, West Africa celebrated the 23rd Voodoo festival in 2016. The festival means a lot to the people, a religion approved by the government with more than 60% of the population devoted to it. Media reports indicate that since 1997, followers have gathered at Ouidah, a town in Benin to be blessed by the city’s Voodoo chief who sacrifices a goat as an offering to the spirits on the day. During the celebration, tourists watch devotees in animal skins chanting and dancing to drumbeats and share a glass or two of Gin with the locals. The highlights are but of course the voodoo dolls found in tents adorned with flags that represent various sects. But there’s a lot more than pierced dolls, the celebration witnesses the intriguing world of occult in full swing. It would be recalled that in 1996 the government of Benin decreed that Voodoo was an official religion practiced by over 10 million residents in the country. For most Beninese, Voodoo is an integral part of everyday life. Ouidah is the spiritual capital of Voodoo and was once a major slave trading post of the west African country. On January 10 every year, the festival takes place on the beach. Thousand of believers gather in Ouidah, the historical centre of the religion to receive blessings from the Voodoo chief. The ceremony is one of Benin’s most colourful and spectacular event.
https://wn.com/Benin_Capital_City_Of_Voodoo
Top 10 Largest Cities or Towns of Benin

Top 10 Largest Cities or Towns of Benin

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  • Updated: 08 Oct 2014
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Thanks for watching.... 1. Cotonou 2. Abomey-Calavi 3. Djougou 4. Porto-Novo 5. Parakou 6. Tchaourou 7. Kandi 8. Bohicon 9. Malanville 10. Ouidah Music : Path to Follow,Jingle Punks; YouTube Audio Library Benin, officially the Republic of Benin (French: République du Bénin), is a country in West Africa. It is bordered by Togo to the west, by Nigeria to the east and by Burkina Faso and Niger to the north. A majority of the population live on its small southern coastline on 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 approximately 115,000 square kilometers (42,000 sq mi), with a population of approximately 9.98 million. Benin is a tropical, sub-Saharan nation, highly dependent on agriculture, with substantial employment and income arising 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 Organisation of Islamic Cooperation, 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 tribes 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 slaves shipped to the New World during the Trans-Atlantic slave trade. After slavery was abolished, France took over the country and renamed it French Dahomey. In 1960, Dahomey gained full independence from France, and had a tumultuous period with many different democratic governments, many military coups and military governments. A Marxist-Leninist state called the People's Republic of Benin existed between 1972 and 1990. In 1991, it was replaced by the current multi-party Republic of Benin. The capital's name Porto-Novo is of Portuguese origin meaning "New Port." It was originally developed as a port for the slave trade. The current country of Benin combines three areas which had different political and ethnic systems prior to French colonial control. Before 1700, there were a few important city states along the coast (primarily of the Aja ethnic group, but also including Yoruba and Gbe peoples) and a mass of tribal regions inland (composed of Bariba, Mahi, Gedevi, and Kabye peoples). The Oyo Empire, located primarily to the east of modern Benin, was the most significant large-scale military force in the region and it would regularly conduct raids and exact tribute from the coastal kingdoms and the tribal regions. The situation changed in the 1600s and early 1700s as the Kingdom of Dahomey, which was of the Fon ethnicity, was founded on the Abomey plateau and began taking over areas along the coast. By 1727, king Agaja of the Kingdom of Dahomey had conquered the coastal cities of Allada and Whydah, but it had become a tributary of the Oyo empire and did not directly attack the Oyo allied city-state of Porto-Novo. The rise of the kingdom of Dahomey, the rivalry between the kingdom and the city of Porto-Novo, and the continued tribal politics of the northern region. This ethnic and political division persisted into the colonial and post-colonial periods. The Dahomey Kingdom was known for its culture and traditions. Young boys were often apprenticed to older soldiers, and taught the kingdom's military customs until they were old enough to join the army. Dahomey was also famous for instituting an elite female soldier corps, called Ahosi i.e. the king's wives or Mino, "our mothers" in the Fon language Fongbe, and known by many Europeans as the Dahomean Amazons. This emphasis on military preparation and achievement earned Dahomey the nickname of "black Sparta" from European observers and 19th century explorers like Sir Richard Burton. Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Benin
https://wn.com/Top_10_Largest_Cities_Or_Towns_Of_Benin
Benin City

Benin City

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  • Updated: 13 Jan 2017
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Aerial view of Benin city, the state capital of Edo state, the heart beat of Nigeria.
https://wn.com/Benin_City
Lagos to Benin Republic

Lagos to Benin Republic

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  • Duration: 3:56
  • Updated: 22 Jun 2016
  • views: 551
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Travelling by road form Lagos Nigeria to the capital city of the Republic of Benin
https://wn.com/Lagos_To_Benin_Republic
Niger building rail link to Benin's largest city

Niger building rail link to Benin's largest city

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  • Updated: 16 Mar 2016
  • views: 1764
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The government in Niger is building a railway link from the capital Niamey to neighbouring Benin’s largest city, Cotonou. The $1.8bn project was first mooted during the 1930s when the country was under French rule. Once completed it will give Niger access to ports on the Atlantic. Al Jazeera's Mohammed Vall reports from Niamey. Subscribe to our channel http://bit.ly/AJSubscribe Follow us on Twitter https://twitter.com/AJEnglish Find us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/aljazeera Check our website http://www.aljazeera.com/
https://wn.com/Niger_Building_Rail_Link_To_Benin's_Largest_City
Abomey, Benin and the Dahomey Kingdom

Abomey, Benin and the Dahomey Kingdom

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  • Duration: 4:16
  • Updated: 28 Jun 2013
  • views: 2303
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After spending one night in Cotonou, the capital of Benin, I decided that it was best to press on towards Nigeria. However, I wanted to go a different direction since I've heard the main border to Nigeria is a zoo. Thus, I headed into Central Benin to a place called Abomey to spend the night. Abomey was once the center of an incredibly powerful and fierce empire in Benin. Today, Abomey holds a really impressive UNESCO world heritage site and some old palaces. Upon arrival to Abomey, I took part in a tour around the old palaces. Tomorrow, I head onward to Nigeria. Stay tuned. For travel articles and photography by Brendan van Son, visit his blog http://www.brendansadventures.com For more travel videos, check us out online at http://www.itsmylife365.com
https://wn.com/Abomey,_Benin_And_The_Dahomey_Kingdom
Benin City, the mighty medieval capital now lost without trace

Benin City, the mighty medieval capital now lost without trace

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  • Updated: 21 Jan 2017
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https://wn.com/Benin_City,_The_Mighty_Medieval_Capital_Now_Lost_Without_Trace
Benin voodoo day: 23rd voodoo National day celebrated in capital Cotonou

Benin voodoo day: 23rd voodoo National day celebrated in capital Cotonou

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  • Updated: 11 Jan 2016
  • views: 429
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Benin at the weekend celebrated its National Voodoo Day. Once banned, the religion is recognised in the West African country - and very popular. CCTV's Leslie Mirungu has more
https://wn.com/Benin_Voodoo_Day_23Rd_Voodoo_National_Day_Celebrated_In_Capital_Cotonou
Foras Free-zone in Benin المنطقة الحرة في بنين شركة فرص

Foras Free-zone in Benin المنطقة الحرة في بنين شركة فرص

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  • Updated: 26 Oct 2009
  • views: 3577
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Foras International Investment Company intends to build the first and biggest Free Zone in Porto Novo the capital city of Benin, which costs USD 58 million, as part of its strategy to pump more than USD 1 billion of direct investments within the coming ten years in Benin.أعلنت شركة فرص الدولية للاستثمار عن خطتها إنشاء أول وأكبر منطقة تجارية حرة على الحدود مع نيجيريا في مدينة بورتونوفو بجمهورية بنين بتكلفة 58 مليون دولار أمريكي وذلك ضمن خطتها الاستراتيجية لضخ بليون دولار من الاستثمار الأجنبية المباشرة في بنين. Hatim Mukhtar حاتم مختار
https://wn.com/Foras_Free_Zone_In_Benin_المنطقة_الحرة_في_بنين_شركة_فرص
Benin Connexion - dérive Connectée - Cotonou/W-Africa

Benin Connexion - dérive Connectée - Cotonou/W-Africa

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  • Duration: 14:21
  • Updated: 18 Nov 2012
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The video covers in 14 minutes the nearly 5 hour city exploration of Cotonou/W-Africa which took place on Nov 11th at the Benin Biennale 2012. Cotonou has faced an incredible development and turned from a coastal village quickly into a capital city, prosperous and abounding. The city rapidly exceeded the borders established by the colonial power and the occidental way of understanding a city. Therefore new experimental ways of capturing Cotonou need to be explored to bring different insight into this place of rapid change and transition. Organized by Benin Connexion and dérive - Society for Urban Research, dérive Connectée tried to connect the cities of Cotonou and Vienna by walking simultaneously on routes that met on certain points like places, bridges or crossings. The walk in Cotonou started and ended at Kora, the festival center of Benin Biennale 2012, a former shopping center in the Ganhi city district of Cotonou. Due to the simultaneous drifts in Benin and Vienna, the artistic discovery did not only connect cities and thoughts through virtual reality but also in real life by connecting the people taking part in both cities. Using the Ushahidi platform Benin Connection and dérive - Society for Urban Research expanded the ongoing project "laboratoire dérive" into the social web, bringing it first to a test at the Biennale Benin 2012 and thereby proposing a modest way of thinking the city, its discovery and its documentation differently. One of the aims of laboratoire dérive 2.0 was to stimulate exchange and communication and help to put Benin more prominently on the internet map. Similar projects and exchanges after the Benin Biennale are in planning. More information on the project: http://www.benin-connexion.net/?p=479 http://map.benin-connexion.net/main http://www.biennalebenin.org/en http://urbanize.at/laboratoire-derive/ http://www.derive.at Licensed under CC 3.0 - Non Commercial Use Only, No Changes, Attribution © dérive - Society for Urban Research / www.derive.at
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Foras International Hotel in Benin فندق فرص الدولية في بنين

Foras International Hotel in Benin فندق فرص الدولية في بنين

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  • Updated: 26 Oct 2009
  • views: 4389
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Foras International Investment Company intends to build the first 5 stars hotel in Porto Novo the capital city of Benin, which costs USD 23 million, as part of its strategy to pump more than USD 1 billion of direct investments within the coming ten years in Benin.أعلنت شركة فرص الدولية للاستثمار عن خطتها إنشاء أكبر فندق خمسة نجوم في مدينة بورتونوفو بجمهورية بنين بتكلفة 23 مليون دولار أمريكي وذلك ضمن خطتها الاستراتيجية لضخ بليون دولار من الاستثمار الأجنبية المباشرة في بنين.Hatim Mukhtar حاتم مختار
https://wn.com/Foras_International_Hotel_In_Benin_فندق_فرص_الدولية_في_بنين
Foras international Shopping Mall in Benin المركز التجاري شركة فرص في بنين

Foras international Shopping Mall in Benin المركز التجاري شركة فرص في بنين

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  • Updated: 26 Oct 2009
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Foras International Investment Company intends to build the first shopping mall center in Porto Novo the capital city of Benin, which costs USD 26 million, as part of its strategy to pump more than USD 1 billion of direct investments within the coming ten years in Benin.أعلنت شركة فرص الدولية للاستثمار عن خطتها إنشاء أكبر مركز تجاري (مول) في مدينة بورتونوفو بجمهورية بنين بتكلفة 26 مليون دولار أمريكي وذلك ضمن خطتها الاستراتيجية لضخ بليون دولار من الاستثمار الأجنبية المباشرة في بنين. Hatim Mukhtar حاتم مختار
https://wn.com/Foras_International_Shopping_Mall_In_Benin_المركز_التجاري_شركة_فرص_في_بنين
Benin battles rising seas

Benin battles rising seas

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  • Updated: 13 Nov 2010
  • views: 2799
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Rising sea levels due to climate change in the Gulf of Guinea are swallowing up large partions of Benin's coastline. The United Nations says the West African country's coast has retreated by 400 metres in the last 40 years as the waters destroyed many homes there. Environmentalists say studies show the sea levels will keep rising by more than 50 centimetres, which would threaten to destroy the entire commercial capital Cotonou.   Jonah Hull reports from Benin, where many are fighting the giant waves. [November 13, 2010]
https://wn.com/Benin_Battles_Rising_Seas
7 Facts about Benin

7 Facts about Benin

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  • Updated: 17 Dec 2016
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Learn, Share, Subscribe The Oceanian series: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLbZJ71IJGFRT-Yslq4Rpl_1bByPrZqYyM The American Series: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLbZJ71IJGFRR8eYVQa9r_t3h4Tc2bmhsu The Asian series: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLbZJ71IJGFRRGIkTyr4u371Fx6e88Qx2N The European Series: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLbZJ71IJGFRTa_XMM9a4hDh2Yo9CsZzOR Social Media: https://twitter.com/Sebastian2Go https://www.facebook.com/official7facts ------------------------------------------------ In this brief video you can find seven little known facts about Benin. More information about the video content bellow: 1. Benin is among the places from where voodoo originated. Here it is called Vodun and it’s an ancient religion, that doesn’t really have anything to do with Juju and witchcraft. In Vodun, the divine creator is a female, Mawu. All creation is considered divine and therefore contains the power of the divine. 2. Ganvie, known as “The Venice of Africa”-a lake village in Benin– is Africa’s unique floating village built on stilts. With a population of around 20,000 people, it is probably the largest lake village in Africa and as such is very popular with tourists. 3. 31.3% of the country’s land area is under agriculture while 40% of it is under forest. Benin has fields of lying fallow, mangroves, and remnants of large sacred forests. In the rest of the country, the savanna is covered with thorny scrubs and dotted with huge baobab trees. In the north and the northwest of Benin the Reserve du W du Niger and Pendjari National Park attract tourists eager to see elephants, lions, antelopes, hippos, and monkeys. 4. The capital of Benin—Porto Novo—was developed as a port for the slave trade. The capital region of the country and the area nearby was referred as ‘Slave Coast’ from as early as the 17th century. During the trans-Atlantic slave trade, a large number of slaves were shipped to the New World. By about 1750, the Kingdom of Dahomey (a part of Benin) was earning an estimated £250,000 per year by selling Africans to the European slave-traders. The last ship of slaves departed from Dahomey for Brazil in 1885. 5. After slavery was abolished, France took over the country and renamed it French Dahomey. In 1960, Dahomey gained full independence from France, and had a tumultuous period with many different democratic governments, many 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. While being very poor, Benin is also one of the most politically stable countries in the West Africa. 6. Finished in 1460 the Wall of Benin or moat is a historic world defense wonder. It enclosed 6,500 km² of community lands. Its length was over 16,000 km. The Guinness Book of World Records (1974) describes the walls of Benin City as the world's second largest man-made structure after China's Great Wall. 7. Although it’s a stable country, where violent crimes are rare and there is no ongoing conflict, Benin still remains severely underdeveloped. Benin’s economy has continued to strengthen over the past years, but about a third of the population still lives below the poverty line. More Info: http://thefactfile.org/interesting-facts-benin/ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Benin https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ganvie https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Walls_of_Benin https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/West_African_Vodun Music: Teknoaxe – Floating on Glass (super chill mode) https://www.youtube.com/user/teknoaxe Images: http://extras.mnginteractive.com/live/media/site67/2013/0624/20130624__story_b0ea946d-ea90-4934-a8e8-0becc2a0853c~p1.jpg http://cdn.lightgalleries.net/4d94b54a4bef7/images/beninvoodoo-22-2.jpg http://city4.учпроект.рф/images1/ganvie-benin-1.jpg https://unseenbenin.files.wordpress.com/2014/03/home-g.jpg https://userscontent2.emaze.com/images/f2a420ca-0555-44bf-b543-065b93b6b783/a131b45031e7606be7977e32e9f3fa1b.jpeg http://www.awf.org/sites/default/files/media/gallery/Countries/Benin/Benin_1_ukn.jpeg?itok=Usll2mGJ http://abagond.files.wordpress.com/2010/05/african-slave-trade-11.jpg http://www.latinamericanstudies.org/slavery/slave-sale.JPG http://city4.учпроект.рф/images1/cotonou-benin-10.jpg https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/b/b6/Location_Benin_AU_Africa.svg/2000px-Location_Benin_AU_Africa.svg.png http://willdoherty.org/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2008/03/DSCN2191.JPG http://www.voltagepost.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/Great-Benin-Walls.jpg http://i989.photobucket.com/albums/af18/oditous2/Africa2/2900987927_858e159aa4_bbeninbn.jpg https://levoyagecommence.files.wordpress.com/2012/09/dscn0615.jpg http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-Zaaqe0Sn-Aw/UkfV3OF4PaI/AAAAAAAAEEw/Lx9-9tpugkQ/s1600/P1470284.JPG Intro video: http://www.coverr.co/ Intro Creator: Design Showcase https://www.youtube.com/hasanhalai123
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