This month’s quick quiz is about Benin, a country we rarely hear about. It was known as Dahomey from about 1600 to 1975, first as an independent kingdom, then as a colony in French West Africa between 1904 and 1960, then as an independent republic. It has one of the lowest literacy rates in the world. 17% of its population practise vodun (voodoo). How much more do you know about this fascinating country?
- The capital of Benin is Porto-Novo, but where is its seat of government?
- By whom was Porto-Novo established, and what was its primary purpose?
- What did the “Annual Customs of Dahomey” involve?
- Why is Hubert Maga significant in Benin’s history?
- Many Beninese people have Akan names, following a tradition founded by the Ashanti people of Ghana. What are Akan first names normally based on?