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    About 42 African ethnic groups live in this country; these various groups settled in Benin at different times and also migrated within the country. Ethnic groups include:

    the Yoruba in the southeast (migrated from Nigeria in the 12th century);
    the Dendi in the north-central area (they came from Mali in the 16th century);
    the Bariba and the Fulbe (Peul) in the northeast;
    the Betammaribe and the Somba in the Atacora Range;
    the Fon in the area around Abomey in the South Central; and
    the Mina, Xueda, and Aja (who came from Togo) on the coast.


    The largest ethnic group are the Fon, with 1.7 million speakers of the Fon language (2001), followed by the various Yoruba groups (1.2 million), the Aja (600,000), the Bariba (460,000), the Ayizo (330,000), the Fulbe (also known as Fulani, Peul and Fula) (310,000), and the Gun (240,000). Near the ports in the south can be found many people who are descended from returned Brazilian slaves. There are also small numbers of Europeans, principally French, and people from the western Asia, mainly Lebanese, and East Asia, chiefly Indians.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Demography_of_Benin

    Angelique Kidjo, wellknown singer
    Kidjo was born in Cotonou, Benin. Her father is from the Fon people of Ouidah and her mother from the Yoruba people.


    Christine Ouinsavi, minister, i think she's Fon, but not sure


    Clment Gnonlonfoun , mayor in Oum region, where most Yoruba/Nago live


    Yaji Boni, current president, from the north,
    Nago (de la famille Yoruba) par son pre, Peul et Bariba du ct de mere




    These people are all from Vodom, near the coast & border with Togo. I'm guessing many new world blacks (brazil/haiti especially) can trace their origins to these people.





















































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    Bone structure just like Michael Jackson's, a look alike.


    Some shade of golden yellow brown, a high reflectance color comparatively> especially with darker hues




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    I think Benin had slave sent to all over the Americas,but mostly to Haiti.


    A famous of Beninese;

    Djimon Hounsou This pic was when he was in the movie Amistad.
    http://www.newsrescue.com/wp-content...on_hounsou.jpg
    http://www.studentsoftheworld.info/s..._hounsou_3.jpg

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    Quote Originally Posted by Robin Goodfellow View Post
    Bone structure just like Michael Jackson's, a look alike.
    Yeah, i see it too. Apparently the jacksons have traced their african origins as being from neighbouring Lagos/Badagry, so ethnically related to yoruba i suppose.

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    He also reminds me of the midget actor Gary coleman.


    Quote Originally Posted by windie View Post
    Djimon Hounsou This pic was when he was in the movie Amistad.
    http://www.newsrescue.com/wp-content...on_hounsou.jpg
    How could i forget about him! Remarkable career for an african as well as francophone actor to breakthrough in hollywood!

    Very distinct look btw. I remember thinking he was from sudan when i first saw his pictures.
    Maybe because of the eyes and the skintone. But in fact these features are not uncommon in benin it seems.
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    You know I think he is a good actor, with a nice body. But I never found him overall attractive.

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    People from the North (fulanis not included afaik)




















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    Quote Originally Posted by oditous View Post
    Yeah, i see it too. Apparently the jacksons have traced their african origins as being from neighbouring Lagos/Badagry, so ethnically related to yoruba i suppose.

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    He also reminds me of the midget actor Gary coleman.




    How could i forget about him! Remarkable career for an african as well as francophone actor to breakthrough in hollywood!

    Very distinct look btw. I remember thinking he was from sudan when i first saw his pictures.
    Maybe because of the eyes and the skintone. But in fact these features are not uncommon in benin it seems.
    I agree. His skin looks rather Sudanese. I also think he would look out of place with most Haitians. Even though many are dark and descend mostly from Benin.
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    Should be familar looks to alot of New Worlders, especially with Haitians.






















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    very sudanid-looking

    children look leptomorphic

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