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Benin Presentation

A presentation on Benin and its attractions as a french speaking country

Erin Provost

on 9 October 2012

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N Languages The official language of Benin is
French. However, 50% of the people of Benin speak a Language
called Fon. Yoruba, Mina, Bariba
and Dendi are also spoken. Erin Provost Fon Examples:
Good Morning - AH-FON Ghan-Jee-Ah
Good Evening - Kou Do Bah Dah
Thank You - Ah-Wah-Nou
Goodbye - OH-Dah-Boh Currency The official currency of Benin is the Communaute Financiere
Africaine franc. One franc is equal to 0.0020 US Dollars. Colonization Benin has been a french speaking country since the 17th century. At that time, the country was known as Dahomey. On August 1, 1960, Dahomey became independent. For the next twelve years, the country was very unstable under the rule of Hubert Maga, Justin Ahomadegbé,
and Sourou Apithy, who each represented
a separate part of the country. In 1972, these rulers were overthrown by the
military lead by Mathieu Kerekou and a
presidential government was put in place. The name Dahomey was officially
abandoned in 1975, when the country became known as Benin. Mathieu Kerekou Historical Monument Point of No Return is a historical monument
along the Road of the Slaves in Benin.
The road of the slaves is a 2.5 mile path that
the slaves from Benin would walk to reach
the slave ships. Along the path are
monuments in remembrance of the slaves
and the time of slavery in Benin. Point of No Return is an arch like monument that
commemorates the slaves and the pain they
endured from the 16th to the 19th century. Point of No Return Geographical Features Oueme River The Oueme River runs through
the center of Benin into the Atlantic
ocean. It is approximately 300 miles
long with its source being the Atakora
Mountains of Benin. Atakora Mountains The Atakora Mountains are
a mountain range that begin
in southeastern Ghana and span
Togo and Benin. The mountains
are also known as the Togo Mountains.
The average height of the mountains
is 2,000 feet, but the highest peak is in
Togo and is Mount Agou at 3,235 feet. Traditional Food Acarajé Acarajé is a Benin recipie
made from black eyed peas
that have been peeled, mushed
into a ball, and deep fried in
dendê, or palm oil, somewhat
like an American fritter. It is
commonly made or served
with shrimp for dinner. Wagasi Cheese Wagasi Cheese is a specialty
of Benin. It is from North
Benin, especially the city of
Parakou. It is made from cows
milk by the Fulani people. The
cheese has a mild flavor with a
red rind, and is a staple in all
types of Beninese cooking. Tourist Attractions Pendjari Wildlife Park The Pendjari Wildlife Park, also known
as the Pendjari Biosphere Reserve, is one
of the largest wildlife protection areas
of West Africa. The park offers a variety
of tourist activities including a safari and
biking or hiking trails. It is a great way to
see Benin's wildlife in their natural habitat. Abomey Historical Museum The Abomey Historical Museum,
created in 1943 by the French
Colonial Administration, is 5 acres
of Abomey History. Abomey was
once a major city of the Dahomey
Kingdon, which is now Benin. The
museum is not so much a museum
as it is a site of the palaces of King
Guézo and King Glèlè. This offers
a look into Benin's history. Benin Celebrity Djimon Gaston Hounsou Born in Cotonou, Benin on April 24, 1964,
Djimon G. Hounsou is a native of Benin.
He is famous in Benin and the USA for his
roles in films such as "Gladiator",
"Temptest", and "In America", for which he
was nominated Best Supporting Actor in
2004 making him the first African ever to
be nominated for an Oscar. Bibliography http://www.africa.upenn.edu/Country_Specific/benin_EDoc.html










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