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Benin - News and Analysis

West Africa's Barbershop 'Pride'

In Esiebo's stunning photos of West African barbershops, the viewer sees the relationship between barber and client, the care barbers take in their work, and above all their pride.

The Rise and Rise of Piracy in the Gulf of Guinea

West Africa's Gulf of Guinea has overtaken the Somali coast as Africa's main piracy hotspot, and this upward trend looks set to continue.

Review – Volume 3: The Skeletal Essences of Afro Funk

This latest Analog Africa compilation features more vintage tracks from Benin’s Orchestre Poly-Rythmo De Cotonou.

The Modern Magic in Africa's Witchcraft Industry

Witchcraft beliefs are often seen as rooted in tradition, but modern dynamics of new media, globalisation and marketisation are just as important.

Remembering the Tirailleurs Sénégalais

How should the West African troops, who fought for colonial France, be remembered today?

One Man's Junk is Another Man's Treasure

African artists' use of discarded materials is driven by artistic vision, not necessity.

Review – Le Super Borgou: When Islam Met Funk

With Islamic melodies, ancestral rhythms and rumba percussion, Le Super Borgou de Parakou marks a shift out from city to village music.

On The Road With West Africa’s Fuel Smugglers

Nigeria's fuel subsidy has been underpinning the fuel smuggling trade in West Africa for years, but what effect will its removal have?

Consensual Rape in Francafrique Currency Markets

Fourteen African countries are set to suffer as a result of France's neo-colonialist self-interests.

The Future of Two Metropolises: Lomé and Cotonou

Urban growth creates planning challenges in the Ibadan-Accra corridor.

Funky Rob Way

The partnership between Ghanaian singer Rob ‘Roy’ Raindorf and his backstage godfather Amponsah Rockson has produced some peerless West African funk.

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