Benin Youth to Celebrate Dr. King Legacy
[U.S. Embassy Cotonou]In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the American Cultural Center hosted the first edition of the Open Mic Night on January 21, 2015. Five competitors performed in each of four categories: song, dance, slam/poetry and speech. Over 200 people attended the event including students, artists, and embassy staff.
AngÃƒÂ©lique Kidjo Shows Support for Out-of-School Children in Benin
[Unicef]In Benin, a flexible, accelerated course of learning is giving children a second chance at obtaining the formal education that they need to fulfil their dreams. Long-time UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador AngÃ©lique Kidjo recently paid a visit to a participating centre and spoke with students about what they hope to achieve, with their education.
UNICEF Congratulates AngÃƒÂ©lique Kidjo for Crystal Award
[Unicef]New York/Davos -"UNICEF congratulates singer-songwriter and Goodwill Ambassador AngÃ©lique Kidjo for receiving the Crystal Award - a prize recognising artists not only for their body of work but also their commitment to improving the state of the world.
Benin's Expansion of Digital Finance
[CGAP]Washington DC -The market for digital financial services in Benin is nascent. With an adult population of approximately 6.5 million, it is fairly small compared to countries like Cote dâ€™Ivoire and Senegal where big players seem to have focused most of their efforts to date. There are currently three providers of mobile money in Benin reaching close to 500,000 mobile money users, approximately 10% of whom are ac
Arik Air Resumes Flights to Cotonou, Douala
[This Day]Arik Air, West and Central Africa's largest carrier, is resuming flight services to Cotonou, Benin Republic and Douala, Cameroon from Monday, January 19, 2015. Flight services between Lagos, Nigeria and Cotonou/Douala were suspended last year in the wake of the outbreak of Ebola Virus in some parts of West Africa. Arik Air will be operating four weekly flights from Lagos to Cotonou and Douala on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.
Arik Resumes Flights to Benin, Cameroon
[CAJ News]Abuja -ARIK Air, the national airline, has announced the resumption of flight services to Benin and Cameroon.
West Africa 'Fragile', Says UN Envoy
[UN News]West Africa's political landscape remains delicate as nations across the region continue to grapple with insecurity, terrorist threats and tensions ahead of a busy election cycle, the United Nations senior official there told the Security Council this afternoon.
President Sirleaf Hails Issoufou and Boni for Visit
[LINA]President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf says the visit of the Presidents of Benin and Niger has further deepened the support and feeling of solidarity that the two countries have for Liberia.
Presidents of Benin and Niger Pay Solidarity Visit to Liberia - Urges International Community to Waive Debts of the Three Countries Worse Affected By Ebola
[Liberia Govt]Monrovia -President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf says the visit of the Presidents of Benin and Niger has further deepened the support and feeling of solidarity that the two countries have for Liberia.
Distrust Hampers Fight Against Boko Haram
[Deutsche Welle]Boko Haram terrorists have become a threat beyond Nigeria's borders. The governments of the affected states say they have joined forces to combat the extremist group, but their cooperation leaves a lot to be desired.
Benin's Parliament Should Expunge Criminal Defamation From the Media Bill
[PR Newswire]New York -Benin Republic's parliament is set to vote on a media bill that threatens to jail journalists for insulting the president or other government officials, according to news reports. The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on parliament to scrap any measures in the bill that could send journalists to prison for doing their jobs.