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Unformatted text preview: incidentally, was taken from the Benin Empire (which wasnt in modern Benin but rather in modern Nigeria). The communist government eventually had an economic collapse and in 1991 the country had elections once again. Nowadays its considered an example of democracy in Africa, but it must be stressed that it hasnt had much time to show it off. Sadly, as a matter of contrast, the literacy rate is one of the lowest in the world (less than 35%). Also, a lot of people live under the poverty line. Its also known for the Vodun, the official religion of the country (even though a great part of the population has adapted Christianity as well), from where it migrated to other parts of Africa and the Americas where it eventually transformed into Voudou, or Voodoo if you prefer . Actor Djimon Hounsou and singer Anglique Kidjo were born here....
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