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For the first time, authorities in Benin have made a formal request to its former colonial master, France, to officially return its cultural property.
The Beninese Head of State, Yayi Boni, on Friday night reshuffled his cabinet for the second time since he came to power in April 2006, while replacing the MPs who refused to join his cabinet. The Minister of Crafts and tourismisMrs. Bako Mamata Djaouga and theMinister of Culture, crafts and promotion of local languagesisGaliou Soglo.
The President of the Benin National Congress has condemned the decision of the state Government to merge the Ministry of Culture and Tourism with the Ministry of Solid Minerals, saying that the decision was capable of killing the rich cultural heritage of the Benin kingdom.
After delivering big budgetary wins, Benin Minister for Culture, Craftsmanship and Tourism, Frédéric Dohou, has outlined to government deputies his vision for cultural growth in Benin.