In Benin, 300,000 people pay tribute to Dadah Dédjalagni Agoli-Agbo, king of Abomey who died in July. According to tradition, celebrations must last at least six months, but after this weekend, they will take place in the privacy of the royal palace’s courtyard.
This week on Africa Weekly, we travel to Mozambique where schools are increasingly teaching in the local Changana dialect in addition to the country’s official language, Portuguese. And we take you to Benin where the niche sport of fencing has taken a foothold — with the national federation setting its sights on Olympic qualification.FOR SUBSCRIBERS OF AFRICA WEEKLY ONLY
Police on Friday broke up an anti-government demonstration by Benin’s political opposition involving thousands of people. IMAGES
The trial of nine people gets underway in Benin on landmark charges of selling fake drugs, a major step in a regional campaign against illicit medicines. IMAGES
In the north of Benin, elephants, lions and antelopes roam in peace across the savannah of the Pendjari National Park. The park — on the border with Burkina Faso and Niger — is the biggest in West Africa and it’s spearheading a new drive to boost tourism in Benin. A voiced AFPTV report.
This week on Africa Weekly, we travel to Zimbabwe where the ghosts of past massacres are surfacing for the country’s new president, we go to Benin to meet the rangers specially trained to protect West Africa’s biggest national park from poachers, and we meet Octopizzo, the hip-hop star using his success to break down stigma around the slum he grew up in. FOR SUBSCRIBERS OF AFRICA WEEKLY ONLY
Every year in January, thousands of voodoo followers visit the beach in Ouidah, Benin, where they practise their belief and pay homage to the millions of slaves who passed through there when Ouidah was key to the slave trade in West Africa.
In Benin’s coastal city of Grand-Popo, locals, tourists and an NGO gathered on the national day of sea turtles to send baby turtles back to the water.
This week on Africa Weekly, we follow a Togolese protestor who travels from Benin every week to join in demonstrations calling for President Faure Gnassingbe to step down, we go behind the scenes of South Africa’s fledgling textile industry, and we visit Sao Tome and Principe’s celebrity chef who’s cooking up a plan to draw tourists to the tiny archipelago.FOR SUBSCRIBERS OF AFRICA WEEKLY ONLY
Pedro is a young Togolese man who has lived in Benin for the last 10 years and every week he crosses the border to his home country in order to join the wave of protests that started in August, calling for President Faure Gnassingbe to step down.