Ouidah


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Ouidah

(wē`dä) or

Whydah

(hwī`də), town (1992 pop. 32,474), S Benin, a port on the Gulf of Guinea. It was the capital of a small state founded about the 16th cent. From the early 17th cent., Portuguese, French, and Dutch traders were intermittently active at Ouidah, whose name was derived by Europeans from a nearby Portuguese fort called São João Baptista de Ajudá (St. John of Adjuda). In the 18th and early 19th cent. Ouidah was an important export point for slaves. In the 1840s the French established a substantial trade with Ouidah, exchanging textiles, guns, and gunpowder for palm oil and ivory. The town was annexed by France in 1886. Ouiday is a center of the Vodoun (voodoo) religion.
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Ouidah is also an international center for the indigenous religion of Vodoun, or Voodoo, which is practiced by more than 17 percent of Beninese.
The second part contextualizes the development of official slave trade cultural heritage projects in Benin, particularly in Ouidah, an important former slave trade port.
The quiet historical city of Ouidah is unique for its association with the slave trade.
Ecumenical Day has been celebrated every first Wednesday of May for the past thirty-seven years and traditionally includes a large celebration of interreligious cooperation in the historic town of Ouidah.
Programme National de Lutte contre l'Ulcere e Buruli, Cotonou, Benin; ([dagger]) Institut Regional de Sante Publique (IRSP), Ouidah, Benin; ([double dagger]) Institute of Tropical Medicine, Antwerp, Belgium; ([section]) Medecins sans Frontieres-Luxembourg, Cotonou, Benin; ([paragraph]) Armed Forces Institute of Pathology, Washington, DC, USA; and (#) Universite d'Abomey, Calavi, Benin
OUIDAH, Benin, December 9 /PRNewswire/ -- Thirty-nine district medical doctors from four countries: Benin, Burkina Faso, Ivory Coast and Mali, received the inter-university EPIVAC diploma during a graduation ceremony in Ouidah with officials from the Ministries of Public Health of Benin and Ivory Coast and from the World Health Organization (WHO).
With say a week to spend in Benin, I can recommend visiting Porto Novo, Ouidah and Abomey.
Collection centres from Ouidah in the South to Malanville in the North, can now be directly connected to the country s central administration.
Second, Benedict will mark the 150th anniversary of the evangelization of Benin, commemorating the arrival in 1861 of two priests of the Society of African Missions in Ouidah, the main port and a center of the slave trade in what was then called the Kingdom of Dahomey.
Ce geste est connu notamment au Benin, dans la region Ouidah (Araujo 2007).
Ecumenical Day has been celebrated every first Wednesday of May for the past 36 years and traditionally includes a large celebration of inter-religious cooperation in the historic town of Ouidah.
19 in the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Ouidah, Benin.