a country in West Africa, just west of Nigeria; population 8,791,800 (est. 2009); capital, Porto Novo; languages, French (official), West African languages.
Easy for tourists to miss, this seemingly anomalous detail is neither inconspicuous nor unusual to Beninese visitors.
Painters and sculptors from Benin, Haiti, Brazil, and Cuba were commissioned to create works dealing with Vodun and its various manifestations in Africa and the African Diaspora, as well as to represent aspects of Beninese history.
Nowadays, more Beninese women work outside the home.
the capital of Benin
Before he and his family went into French-imposed exile, the king gave an address to his soldiers that to this day is taught to Beninese schoolchildren as one of the most important speeches in Fon history.
Ingeniously combining scrap metal and recycled car, motorcycle, and bicycle parts, they create larger-than-life figures of Vodun gods and scenes of Beninese life.