The African Magazine

Current  Benin president Patrice Talon, lelft, and former president of Benin, Yayi Boni, hug on the occasion of the parade  for the 2016 Independence Day celebration

Benin’s democracy of paradoxes

Coined the ‘democratic lab of Africa,’ Benin is the theater of a thriving democracy with striking paradoxes. BY SOUMANOU SALIFOU The former French colony of Dahomey, which was renamed Benin in 1975, was coined...