2016-02-29

The most controversial candidate in the upcoming presidential elections in Wes-African microstate Benin is Lionel Zinsou, who has roots in Benin but was born and raised in France. Will the next president in West-Africa be a white man?

The most controversial candidate in the upcoming presidential elections in Wes-African microstate Benin is Lionel Zinsou, who has roots in Benin but was born and raised in France. Will the next president in West-Africa be a white man?

It is no real surprise that Zinsou's candidacy and powerful campaign provoke strong reactions. Zinsou is a surprise candidate with an impressive career in Europe, metis skin and connections with the French establishment...

Can someone govern a country they have never really lived in? Do the people of Benin accept him as one of them? Will he win the elections? A take on the perception of the white man in West-Africa, the future of the African diaspora on the continent and Europe’s position in the region.

This project was funded through Journalismfund.eu's Flanders Connects Continents grant programme.

Loes Verhaeghe

Loes Verhaeghe is passionate about global relationships. She has previously published in Belgian online press.

Alexandre Kossoko

Alexandre Kossoko is a cartoonist working for the largest Beninese private daily newspaper Le Matin.

Akkilou Yacoubou

Akkilou Yacoubou is a political analyst and blogger in Benin.

Roel Nollet

Roel Nollet is an independent journalist and documentary maker with over 10 years of experience in socially engaged documentary projects.

Luca Putteman

Luca Putteman is a Belgian communication expert.

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A grant of €8.631, allocated on 5 February 2016
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FCC/2016/001
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