60 Years and Counting
August 1, 1960: the Republic of Dahomey, a country on the African continent colonised by France, acquired its independence. 60 years later, the nation of 11 million inhabitants is now known as Benin — and boasts a relatively stable democracy.
However, the wounds of colonisation have not yet healed and so-called independence does not automatically mean true emancipation.
Joël Atayi Guèdègbé, a local expert on governance, shares his analysis, “France seeks to maintain a certain influence over its former…