Newspapers in Benin
The spread of daily newspapers in Benin is small (5 newspaper excl. Per 1,000
inv., 2000). State-owned La Nation (founded in 1990) is the only daily
newspaper. After the regime change in 1990, when freedom of the press was
introduced, several smaller non-daily newspapers were started. These have
contributed to a lively social debate, even though government intervention has
The state-owned company Office de Radiodiffusion et de Télévision du
Bénin broadcasts radio in French, English and 18 domestic languages as
well as TV in a channel that reaches about 20% of the country. Since 1997, the
state has issued permits for private broadcasting. There are 439 radio and 45 TV
receivers per 1,000 residents (2000).
Benin is known for its silver, bronze and tin
figures. Until the 20th century, these were only
manufactured in the royal palace of the old capital
Abomey, while ordinary people were allowed to make
figurines of wood or gourds. Abomey also made unique
tissues, which tell the story of the ancient kings. The
palace in Abomey is included in the UN agency UNESCO
World Heritage List.
The voodoo cult plays an important role in the
country's cultural life and a voodoo festival is held
annually just after New Year in the city of Ouidah,
which is the center of the voodoo cult and former port
of slave shipping.
Latest population statistics of Benin, including religious profiles and major languages spoken as well as population growth rates in next three decades.
The internationally renowned singer Angélique Kidjo
is from Benin.
Jean Pliya is one of the country's most respected
writers. His novels have been awarded several awards and
the book Repslagarna is available in Swedish (1996). In
1987, for the first time, a novel was published by a
female Beninese author, Gisèle Hountandji.
Municipal elections despite the coronapandem
The controversial local election is being held as
planned despite the risk of increased transmission of
the coronavirus sars-cov-2. When the result becomes
clear after a few days, it is clear that two parties
close to President Patrice Talon have won a smashing
victory. The result was expected when the main
opposition parties did not stand in the election and
urged their supporters not to go and vote. On Election
Day itself, all voters must wear mouthguards, but
several of the recently introduced coronary restrictions
are temporarily lifted to attract people to the polling
stations. No elections have been held and the election
campaign has been limited to posters and appearances in
the media. Benin is considered one of West Africa's most
stable democracies, but since the disputed parliamentary
elections last year, the country has been in a political
crisis (see April 28, 2019).
Mass tests on teachers before school start
Authorities are starting to test teachers for the
reopening of the country's schools. It is primarily
students who attend the final year of compulsory school
and study at universities who will return to classrooms.
Oral protection should be distributed to the students
and everyone is encouraged to social distance. Like many
African countries, Benin relieves certain restrictions
previously imposed in an effort to stop the spread of
covid-19. The schools have been closed for six weeks and
there has been a ban on entry to larger cities. As the
number of coronate tests increases, the official figure
for the number of infected has doubled and now stands at
284. So far, two people have died as a result of
Measures against coronary pandemic
The authorities make it mandatory to wear face masks
in public places in Benin's cities. The injunction is an
attempt to slow the spread of the new coronavirus
sars-cov-2, which caused a pandemic. It is forbidden to
enter or leave the agglomerations, where public
transport is severely restricted, bars are closed and
crowds are prohibited. At the time, Benin has 26
confirmed cases of coronary-infected residents and a
death in covid-19, the disease caused by the virus.
Suspected jihadist attack on police officers
Unknown perpetrators at night attack a police post in
northern Benin near the border with Burkina Faso, where
jihadist groups are ravaging. At least one policeman is
killed when about 10 motorcyclists drive past and shoot
the post with automatic weapons, calling allahu akbar.
This is the first time a similar attack has been
targeted at Benin police, where they now fear that the
jihadists will start making raids. Jihadist groups
operate in three of Benin's neighboring countries:
Niger, Nigeria and Burkina Faso. Benin has until now
been spared. However, it is not clear if the
perpetrators were really violent Islamists. Assessors
say it can also be about poachers.