Where?

Benin? If you’re like I was a month ago, you’ve probably never heard of the Republic of Benin (shout-outs to Davis Wert, Libby DeFeo, Seth Greene, Sean O’Hanlan, and Cara Banta, the only ones who had). Well, first thing’s first:

It’s the little blue country to the left of Nigeria.

“Dude, I totally knew that,” you say? Well, sir, how do you pronounce it? Huh? Huh?! Is it:

a.) buh-NEEN

b.) buh-NIHN

c.) BEN-ihn

The truth is that I’ve heard all three from friends, but by looking through other Peace Corps blogs I’m pretty sure its b. We’ll find out in a month!

Benin is a country about the size of Maine or Virginia that used to be the French colony of Dahomey. They declared independence in 1960 and have been a well-respected constitutional democracy since 1990.

The official language is French, but outside of “official” stuff people mostly speak local, indigenous languages such as Fon and Yoruba. I’ll probably have to learn one of these (in addition to getting better at French) and I’ll let you know when I find out which!

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