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Benin President's Visit is France's First Test on Returning Art Treasures

[VOA] In the 19th century, the Kingdom of Dahomey was a major West African power, boasting a flourishing slave trade with Europe and a feared corps of Amazon women warriors. Commissioned by the royal court, its art -- intricate wood and ivory carvings, metalwork and appliqué cloth -- stood as a potent symbol of the kingdom's might. (AllAfrica)

New Leaders Revive Process to Improve Governance, But More Work Needed

[SAIIA] In the Americas, when a young Latina girl turns 15, she celebrates her fiesta de quinceañera , a coming of age ceremony. Across the Atlantic Ocean, Africa's most important governance self-evaluation and promotion instrument -- the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) -- will also officially turn 15 on 9 March 2018. (AllAfrica)

A Dozen Shades of Khaki - Counter-Insurgency Operations in the Sahel

[IRIN] Dakar -The region has never been so militarised. Here's an overview of the international players in uniform. (AllAfrica)

Closing Africa's Wealth Gap

[Africa Renewal] From "Africa Reeling" to "Africa Rising," there's a new narrative for the African continent, now showing promising signs of sustainable growth under more stable governments. (AllAfrica)

For U.S.$6 a Month, Child Trafficking Nearly Halted in Hotspot

[Thomson Reuters Foundation] Dakar -Giving poor families just $6 a month has significantly reduced child trafficking in parts of the West African country of Benin where there is a longstanding practice of exploiting children for labour in fields and mines, the World Bank said. (AllAfrica)

Harnessing the Power of Economic Diversification

[IMF] Speech by Christine Lagarde, IMF Managing DirectorChamber of Commerce, Cotonou, December 12, 2017December 12, 2017 (AllAfrica)

'We Take Our Pregnant Wives to Benin Republic'

[Daily Trust] Ilorin -Ywruyo Yusuf has been living in Bukuro, a border village in Baruten local government area of Kwara state for more than 30 years "but I have not witnessed any government presence in the area, and I feel Nigeria and the Kwara State government need serious advise on the need to pay attention to the well being of Nigerians, wherever they are." (AllAfrica)

Republic of Benin to Seek Mauritian Expertise in the Tourism Sector

[Government of Mauritius] The Ambassador designate of the Republic of Benin, Mr Eric Franck Saizonou, with residence in Pretoria conveyed a keen interest to seek Mauritian expertise in the tourism sector owing to the country's vast experience in this field. (AllAfrica)

Mentoring Platform Aims to Help African Start-Ups Beat Skills Gap

[Innovation in Africa] Many African start-up founders are just out of higher education and often lack the knowledge and understanding required to make a success of their business. Mentorat Club co-founder Hadjara Idriss launched its online mentor network to bridge this gap. (AllAfrica)

Stars Set for Benin Test

[Daily News] Confident Taifa Stars face hosts Benin today in a FIFA date friendly match at Stade de I'Amitie' in Cotonou. The game which falls on the FIFA calendar will see the country's envoys play without two key strikers; Mbwana Samatta who plays for KRC Genk and Tenerife FC player, Farid Mussa, both still nursing injuries. (AllAfrica)

Stars - We'll Avert Benin Revenge

[Citizen] Dar es Salaam -Taifa Stars today face Benin in an international friendly match at the Stade de l'Amitiein in Cotonou. (AllAfrica)

Stars Upbeat Despite Injury Woes

[Daily News] Farid Mussa will miss the Sunday match against Benin after he was pronounced unfit for the action. Mussa joins Mbwana Samatta as the latest victim of injury -hit squad of Taifa Stars which left early yesterday for Benin. (AllAfrica)

Submission to the UN on the Rights of the Child Concerning Benin

[HRW] This submission relates to the review of Benin under the Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on the involvement of children in armed conflict, and focuses on the protection of students, teachers, and schools during armed conflict. It proposes issues and questions that Committee members may wish to raise with the government. (AllAfrica)

Togo and Benin Pin Energy Hopes On Controversial Dam

[Daily Maverick] The embattled Adjarala dam project has been in the works for over a decade, but many locals still don't have power. By KOSSI ELOM BALAO. (AllAfrica)

TCN, WAPP to Build Additional 330KV Power Line to Benin Republic

[This Day] Abuja -The Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) and the West African Power Pool (WAPP) have initiated plans to build a second 330 kilovolt (kV) transmission line to boost electricity supply to the Republic of Benin by 2021. (AllAfrica)

Benin Superstar Building Bridges Between China and Africa

[Focac] "You can speak Chinese!" (AllAfrica)

European Museums to Return West African Artefacts

[This is Africa] There is a demand for the return of stolen artefacts to the continent. Over 3,000 bronze statues were stolen from the palace of the Oba of Benin, Oba Ovọnramwẹn Nọgbaisi after the British invaded Benin Kingdom and killed its inhabitants by sending a punitive force of 1,200 soldiers. (AllAfrica)

Rwanda and Benin to Set Up Joint Airline

[New Times] The governments of Benin and Rwanda have signed a memorandum of understanding to establish a joint airline based in Cotonou, where RwandAir, the national carrier, officially launched its new hub on Tuesday, August 1. (AllAfrica)

Kenya Edge Out Benin in Davis Cup Thriller

[Nation] Kenya made it three wins on the trot after a hard fought 2-1 victory over Benin on Wednesday night in the ongoing Davis Cup Africa Zone Three Tennis Championship at the Solaimaneyah Club in Cairo. (AllAfrica)

Angélique Kidjo and Benin's Music Stars Say No to Child Marriage!

[Unicef] Cotonou, Benin -UNICEF international Goodwill Ambassador, Angélique Kidjo and UNICEF Benin national Goodwill Ambassador Zeynab Abib, along with seven of Benin's greatest artists have joined forces to create a song calling on the population to say NO to child marriage, as part of the national Zero Tolerance Campaign against child marriage. (AllAfrica)

90% of Our Students Are Nigerians - Houdegbe Varsity

[Daily Trust] Lagos -The Chancellor, Houdegbe North American University, Republic of Benin (HNAUB), Prof. Octave Cossi Houdegbe has said the institution was established to support the economic wellbeing of West Africans. (AllAfrica)

Benin Students Learn Kite-Making At Confucius Institute

[Focac] Cotonou -Benin students at the Confucius Institute of the Abomey-Calavi University learned how to make traditional Chinese kites at a workshop here on Saturday. (AllAfrica)

Vice Foreign Minister Zhang Yesui Visits Benin

[Focac] From June 15 to 16, 2017, Vice Foreign Minister Zhang Yesui visited Benin, during which he met with Secretary-General of the Presidency and Minister of State Pascal Irénée Koupaki of Benin, and held talks with Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation Aurelien Agbenonci of Benin, exchanging extensive views on bilateral relations as well as international and regional issues of common concern. (AllAfrica)

AFCON - Gambia Plays Benin Sunday

[Daily Observer] The Scorpions Senior National Team under Coach Sang Ndong hopes for a qualification spot will begin on Sunday when The Gambia play Benin in Group D opening of the 2019 Afcon Qualifiers to be hosted by Cameroon. (AllAfrica)

Waiting for a Fibre Upgrade and Price Drops Before Its Users Make the Big Move to Digital Services

[Balancing Act] London -With certain notable exceptions (Cote d'Ivoire and Senegal), Francophone countries in Sub-Saharan Africa have been slow to move to greater data use. The legacy of monopoly state-owned telcos has acted as a brake on this transition. Russell Southwood spoke to Robert Aoud, Founder and CEO, Isocel Telecom about the upgrades he has planned. (AllAfrica)

Men and Women Farmers Respond Differently to Climate Change

[The Conversation Africa] As climate change brings with it increased extreme weather events, one of the pressing issues for Africa's farmers will be how to address these challenges. One dimension to be factored in is that men and women farmers are responding to the pressures differently. The Conversation Africa's Samantha Spooner asked Grace Villamor about her research on gender-specific responses by farmers in Benin. (AllAfrica)

Benin Sees China As Leading Foreign Trade Partner During Fourth Quarter 2016

[Focac] Cotonou -China ranks as ninth importer and fourth exporter country of Benin during the fourth quarter 2016, the National Institute of Statistics and Economic Analysis (INSAE) said in its quarterly review issued on Sunday. (AllAfrica)

Hundreds Enjoy Chinese Lantern Festival Celebration

[Focac] Pahou -Hundreds of Benin people on Saturday enjoyed the famous traditional Chinese Lantern Festival in Pahou city, southeast to the capital Cotonou. (AllAfrica)

Angelique Kidjo Shows Off Daughter

[Ghana Star] Grammy award singer, Angelique Kidjo, has shown off her pretty daughter. (AllAfrica)

Feature-Cutters Turn Counsellors to Fight Female Genital Mutilation in Benin

[Thomson Reuters Foundation] Cotonou -"The number of lives I shattered is enormous," says traditional cutter turned health adviser (AllAfrica)

Government Launch The 'Revealing Benin' Programme

[Govt of Benin] President Patrice Talon and his government unveiled last Friday their Programme of Action 2016-2021. Based on wide-ranging structural reforms and the investment of 9.039  trillion FCFA (13.78 billion Euros), this Programme, entitled "Revealing Benin", aims to restart the country's development. The President of the Republic of Benin, in  front of 850 representatives of the highest state institutions, members of civil society, diplomats, constitutional bodies and investors, said h (AllAfrica)