- A country in West Africa, just west of Nigeria; population 8,791,800 (est. 2009); capital, Porto Novo; languages, French (official), West African languages. Former name (until 1975) Dahomey.
The country was conquered by the French in 1893 and became part of French West Africa. In 1960, it achieved independence
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- 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.
- 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.
Pronunciation: /ˌbenəˈnēz, -ˈnēs/adjective & noun
name adopted in 1975, formerly used by an African kingdom, powerful in the 14th–17th centuries.
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