Tag Archives: Benin

The cradle of Amandla Sisters

Amandla sister: a woman so strong people beg her to take it easy. She is so bold, so determined to live in her power 24/7 that fear means nothing to her. The only thing that matters to an Amandla sister is victory: … Continue reading

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Dan Tokpa Fetish market

It’s in Cotonou, Benin, and said to be the biggest fetish market in Africa. You can buy anything from monkey’s testicles and a lion’s tooth to snake skin and whatever else a portion called for.

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Random Moment in Quidah

Quidah is pronounced Wee-Duh.  It’s in Benin and forms part of West Africa’s slave trail. There were no forts for captured slaves, just a long walk in chain from the town to the beach front, to this post, where people … Continue reading

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Ethnic Flair

Bazin outfits at the boutique in Cotonou. You can buy the clothes ready made or  buy cloth at a market, select an outlandish design from a fashion magazine and let a tailor do their thing. This is not an identity conceptualized … Continue reading

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A funeral in Abomey

The dancing mourners were followed by a casket and a marching band. Their dance looked like convulsions . 

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Time traveling to Ancient Africa

There once was a Kingdom called Dahomey. Feared and loathed by its enemies, Dahomey was ruled by some of the ancient Africa’s most brutal kings.  Guezo, who reigned from 1818 to 1858, was like all the 13 kings; his palace … Continue reading

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