Benin is a West African a nation about two-thirds the size of Portugal. The country’s coast is perpendicular to the Coast of Guinea. Her neighbours in clued Nigeria on the east, Togo on the west and Burkina Faso and Republic of Niger to the north. The country has an estimated population of 9 million and its capita city is Porto Novo.
Benin: Climate and Landscape
Benin has widely varied landscape and her topography varies depending on the location. The coastal areas being low and sandy, there is also a large plateau made of clay with marshland, a silica clay plateau with wooded savannah, a hilly region that serves as the primary water reserve for both Benin and Niger. The country also has some forest and in lower Benin, there are a number of palm groves. Along the long coastline, there are several coconut plantations. The country is mainly dry unlike other countries n the region. The dry season runs from November to early April and the rains fall from April to October.
Sights and Sounds of Benin
Benin has a lot f beautiful sites to visit such as the floating villages in Ganvie. In addition to that, several museum cities provide a glimpse of Europeans entry into West Africa. In Ouidah, visitors can get to visit some of the old slave ports used to ferry slaves off the continent. In Abomey, visitors can see remains of the ancient Kingdom of Benin. Visitors can also visit Allada the source of various voodoos in vogue in many South American nations such as Brazil, West Indies and the Caribbean.
Benin people and Languages
The official language is French though English is widely spoken and taught in schools. Over half the country’s population speak Fon. Other languages in Benin include Yoruba, Mina, Bariba and Dendi.
Other Facts from Benin
The relative dryness in Benin can be attributed to two factors, first the sheltering of the coast from western winds and the Atakora barrier in the North West and West that decreases the amount of rainfall. Apart from the arable lands, the country has relatively few natural resources that have contributed to slow economic development in the country. Vodoun that is the source of much voodoo of South America and the Caribbean is a religion adhered to by over 15% of the population.