Benin: Echoes of the rhythm

Join us as on a joyurney through beautiful country of Benin where we explore the streets of Porto Novo, the “Black River” La Rivière Noire, the cultural richness of Ouidah and its world-renowned celebration of Vodun, the coastal charm of Grand Popo, and the unique “African Venice” of Ganvie. 

Porto Novo: The Capital’s Charm

Our journey begins in Porto Novo, the capital city of Benin. This vibrant city is a melting pot of cultures and traditions. Known for its colonial architecture and bustling markets, Porto Novo offers a glimpse into Benin’s rich history and diverse heritage. Fun fact: Porto Novo is sometimes called “Hogbonou” in the Yoruba language, reflecting the city’s deep-rooted connections with the Yoruba people.

La Rivière Noire: The Black River’s Mystique

Next, we visit La Rivière Noire, or the Black River. This serene and mysterious river winds through lush landscapes, providing a vital water source for the local communities. The river’s name comes from its dark, reflective waters that create a striking contrast with the surrounding greenery.

Ouidah: The Heart of Vodun

Our journey then takes you to Ouidah, a city known for its deep cultural and historical significance. Ouidah is famous for its annual Vodun Festival, which celebrates the Vodun (Voodoo) religion that originated here. This festival is a vibrant display of music, dance, and spiritual rituals. Did you know? Ouidah was also a key port in the transatlantic slave trade, and its Route of Slaves is a poignant reminder of this dark chapter in history.

Grand Popo: Coastal Beauty and Hard Work

We then move to the coastal town of Grand Popo, known for its stunning beaches and hardworking inhabitants. Grand Popo is a fishing community, and the dedication of its people is evident in their daily lives. The town’s laid-back atmosphere and scenic beauty make it a perfect spot to unwind and soak in the coastal charm.

Ganvie: The African Venice

Our final stop is Ganvie, often referred to as the “African Venice.” This remarkable village is built on stilts in Lake Nokoué, creating a unique and picturesque setting. The residents of Ganvie navigate the waterways in wooden pirogues, living a life that is intricately connected to the water. Fun fact: Ganvie was established in the 16th or 17th century by the Tofinu people, who sought refuge from slave raiders by building their homes on the lake.

We hope you fell in love with Benin like we did. Each location holds a special place in our hearts, and we are honored to share the beauty and culture of Benin through our production.

We extend our deepest gratitude to Daniel Amao and Niyi Fagbemi for their incredible work on this film, and to the wonderful people of Benin for welcoming us so warmly. We are honored to show their beautiful country, culture and traditions to the world.

   

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