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A History Unassumed

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This chapter claims that the Christian Churches are involved in a critique of both the history and culture of Danxomε-Benin. On 21 April 2001 The Guardian newspaper carried a headline story from Benin. The story broke at a particularly embarrassing moment for the Béninois authorities, in the lead-up to the UN Conference on Racism. The chapter discusses debate about the nature of Danxomε and its influence on the modern state. Amongst the historians, Danxomε has its defenders as well as its detractors. Colonel Matthieu Kérékou has come to dominate Danxomε-Benin politics for almost as long as any individual since the Gezò. Kérékou power is exercised in an improvised symbolic dialect that may pose problems for the outsider but certainly brings him political success.

Keywords: Béninois authorities; Benin; Christian churches; Danxomε; Guardian newspaper; Matthieu Kérékou; racism; UN conference



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