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    ADUKE
    25 Jun 2020
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    Home is home
    “They call it Africa we call it home” from @visiterlafrique
    This quote wakes me up. It was like a seed that manifested into a trip project that I have been delaying, avoiding, finding excuses for…
    I left at 7 years old Cotonou (Benin). I Went to London 1year and a half then grew up after in Paris until adulthood I hit adulthood lol.
    Came back only at 20 years old, after 13 years the first time with Dad and my sister. It was more a family trip, saying hello to everyone, going home to home. I Did not learn a lot about my country but did learn about my family. In 2017 I decided I am going back on my own and starting 2018 with the sun in Africa no matter what. I was so ashamed to not know my own country and wanted to see my only alive grant-parent who still alive. I had to fight with my African Dad to let me go on my own. Yes so protective…
    I did go by myself but on his terms, he arranges around my plans when he realized that I was determined to do it with or without his approval.
    So 01.01.2018 I was on a flight from Paris to Cotonou. The Focus was to reconnect, I felt the need deep inside. And I am thankful I did it, it feeds my soul and opens my eyes… It is the first step. 10 days in Benin. I did not do everything I have a plan, I was not much confidence and I had black of knowledge and guidance. But I promise myself I will come back and do more, learn more…
    I can’t wait to share this journey with you guys!!!
    Children of the diaspora, if you feel a calling, do it…Do not let’s what people say, media, western society blindside you. It is very cheap vacation destination if you are from western countries. Great food, the beach in the south, safari and waterfall in the north, great outdoor activities…
    Go and see the motherland with your own eyes!
    I am going back, seeing the 1st day of 2022 in Africa for sure! In my ancestor’s names!
    For more information on Benin feel free to contact me on my Instagram.

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    axelle_travels
    15 Jul 2019
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    While many travelers tend to go to the well known African countries such as Ghana or Nigeria, I loved the experience of going to Benin and experiencing their unique culture, food, and language. Porto Novo is the capital and this is a former Portugueses owned port, with large colonial buildings like the Brazilian-style Great Mosque, formerly a church. I had a good time visiting this city. However, I spend the majority of time in the largest city: Cotonou. Cotonou is just as big as nearby Lagos in Nigeria, with a large international airport that you will most likely land in. The main language is French, however local languages such as Fon, Mina, Aja, and Yoruba. I am fluent in French so it was easy for me to speak and get around; however, if you have no french background, it is not impossible to find English speaking natives in the area as English is taught as a second language in all the schools. Cotonou is a huge fishing port so a lot of the meals evolved around seafood and fish. I got a delicious array of fish/seafood meals on my visit the the prices for food were very affordable, with huge serving sizes.

    One of my favorite parts of this visit is going to nearby beaches such as Fidjirosse Beach. This beach is a beautiful stretch of white sand, and blue waters. It is a lovely place to embrace local culture and cool off from the sun. This beach is a favorite spot for Beninese individuals, young and old, to retreat to with families. There are plenty of places to relax and enjoy a nice meal by the beach as well. I especially loved that it is a perfect place for your instagram worthy shorts of the long coconut palms trees, with beautiful scenic water in the background.

    For added bonus, you can venture out of Cotonou and visit several of the known tourist attraction locations around the country. I went to Python Temple in Ouidah. As some might know, Benin is credited as the origin of Voodoo; although their version of Voodoo is not to do harm to anyone but to use as protection for their families and homes. In Ouidah, a visit to the python temple, home to some 60 sleepy snakes will give you an unique first hand look of what exactly Voodoo is in their culture. The guide explains some of the beliefs and ceremonies associated with the temple, and you even get the opportunity to hold the python around your neck for an excellent photo to show your friends back home.

    Next I went to the village of Ganvié. This stilt village, located in the lagoon of Lake Nokoue, was created for the Tofinu people to stay safe from slave hunters back in the 1700s. They were able to successfully escape the slave hunters by building their homes, schools, churches, and local governments entirely on stilts in the water. It is known as the largest lake village in Africa and as such is very popular with tourists. This protected village has adapted so well to living in these slit homes, that children as young as 5 are already well versed in fishing and navigating their way through the waters in canoes to reach one side of the village from the other. This village is an impressive sight to see and I highly recommend this to anyone who gets the opportunity to visit Benin!

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