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
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and curia in Rome. He left Ghana for Qatar after the 1982 African Cup of Nations. After a short spell with F.C. Zürich (Fussballclub Zürich) in Switzerland he returned to Ghana but, after both Kotoko and Hearts of Oak (Accra Hearts of Oak SC) failed to sign him, joined AS Dragons FC de l'Ouémé of Benin. He would later return to Ghana and play for Real Tamale United for a season. He started his European career in France with Chamois Niort
Bahia , Brazil, one of the oldest Candomblé temples in Brazil. Her temple attracted many prominent people including the writer Jorge Amado, and the French (France) anthropologist Pierre Verger. When the Ile Maroia Laji was declared a national heritage site, Cultural Minister (Cultural Minister of Brazil) Gilberto Gil said of Alaketu: '''Mono''' is one of the twelve departments (departments of Benin) of Benin. The capital of this department is Lokossa. The department of Kouffo (Kouffo Department) was part of Mono until 1999 when the Benin government split up some of the departments and made new departments. The Gen language is only spoken in this department in Benin. Other languages spoken in this area are Ewe (Ewe language) and some of the Phla–Pherá languages thumb left 250px Communes of Donga (Image:Donga communes.png) '''Donga''' is one of the twelve departments (departments of Benin) of Benin. Donga was created in 1999 when the government split up the original six departments into twelve. Donga was split from Atakora (Atakora Department). The capital of Donga is Djougou. The total area is 10,691 km.² or 4,128mi.². Population 395,416 (2006). thumb left 250px Communes of Kouffo (Image:Kouffo communes.png) '''Kouffo''' is one of the twelve departments (departments of Benin) of Benin. The area of Kouffo is 2,404 km.² (928 mi²). Kouffo borders the country of Togo and it also borders the departments of Mono (Mono Department), Zou (Zou Department), and Atlantique (Atlantique Department). Since 2008, the capital is Aplahoué. This department was formed in 1999 when it split from the department of Mono.
and non-fiction, Chatwin went to Australia. He studied the culture to express how the songs of the Aborigines (Indigenous Australians) are a cross between a creation myth, an atlas and an Aboriginal man's personal story. He also related the travelling expressed in ''The Songlines'' to his own travels and the long nomadic past of humans. thumb left 300px The hydroelectric power plant on Lake Volta (File:Akosombo Dam hydroelectric plant.jpg) The Akosombo Dam benefited some
presents the traditions of six West African countries through exhibits, live music, dance performances, and storytelling. Live performances by top local and touring artists from Ghana, Senegal, Benin, Nigeria, Gambia and Guinea demonstrate the African roots of hip hop, jazz and rock. In workshops presented by Thione Diop Productions, Festivalgoers can take part in drum and dance workshops, learn how a drum talks, and witness the healing drums of West African drum masters
the fighting. "They only shot at the boys. They ransacked shops and blamed the youths, who were unarmed," she continued in her Reuters interview. More than 11,500 Togolese have fled from their country and taken up temporary residence in Benin (w:Benin) and Ghana (w:Ghana) since the elections, according to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (w:United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees) (UNHCR). The countries to receive debt cancellation from the IMF, WB and the African
Africa AEF colony) under its own Governor, shortly after it was on 28 November 1958 granted autonomy as Republic of Chad, had a single High Commissioner from 22 January 1959: Daniel Marius Doustin (b. 1920) until its 11 August 1960 independence from France. Academics Gonzaga's liberal arts tradition lies in its core curriculum, which integrates philosophy, religious studies, mathematics, literature, natural and social sciences, and extensive writing in each major discipline. Gonzaga offers studies in 92 fields and 26 graduate programs. In addition, Gonzaga offers programs in preparation for professional schools in business, education, engineering, dentistry, divinity theology, law, medicine, nursing and veterinary medicine. Gonzaga also sponsors an Army (United States Army) ROTC (Reserve Officers' Training Corps) program which prepares students to become commissioned officers (Officer (armed forces)) upon graduation. Additionally, Gonzaga University partners with Bishop White Seminary, located next to the campus, to prepare Catholic Seminarians for the priesthood.
, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, Zimbabwe, Brazil, Solomon Islands, Bhutan, Nigeria, Lesotho, and most recently in Benin, Burundi and Rwanda. As of early-2012, 33 countries had formally joined the APRM by signing the MOU on the APRM. Algeria, Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya
'''Benin''' ) and formerly '''Dahomey''', 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. R. H. Hughes, J. S. Hughes. A directory of African wetlands, p. 301. IUCN, 1992. ISBN 2-88032-949-3 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 (subsistence agriculture). "Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations". United Nations, June 29th, 2010
The official language of Benin is French (French language). However, indigenous languages such as Fon (Fon language) and Yoruba (Yoruba language) are commonly spoken. The largest religious group in Benin is Roman Catholicism (Catholic Church), followed closely by Islam, Vodun and Protestantism (Protestants). Benin is a member of the United Nations, the African Union, the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation, the South Atlantic Peace and Cooperation Zone, La Francophonie (Organisation internationale de la Francophonie), the Community of Sahel-Saharan States, the African Petroleum Producers Association and the Niger Basin Authority. "Benin – International Cooperation". Nation Encyclopedia (2010-06-29).
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 (Marxism–Leninism) state (Sovereign state) called the People's Republic of Benin existed between 1972 and 1990. In 1991, it was replaced by the current multi-party (Multi-party system) Republic of Benin. Ibp Usa. Global Logistics Assessments Reports Handbook: Strategic Transportation and Customs Information for Selected Countries, p. 85. Int'l Business Publications, 2008. ISBN 0-7397-6603-1