2021-07-24

Ganvié Lake Village

Benin Ganvie Village is a lake village, 18 Kilometers from Cotunú, in Benin, which is the largest lake village Béninois in Africa. It is home to about 20,000 people and is the country's most popular tourist attraction. Only accessible by boat due to its unique location. The Tofinu people established the town in the 16th and17th centuries. They settled on the lake as the Dahomey religion forbade warriors from entering it. This made the lagoon safe for the other tribes. The original character of this city was that most of its residents work in the countryside. These are the main industries in the lake town of Benin island. They still rely heavily on fishing but are increasingly reliant on tourism also.

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Floating city africa houses are erected on wooden stakes and the only building that will find on the mainland is the school and the one that houses the last resting place of the lake's inhabitants, the cemetery. The origin of this city dates back to the 16th and 17th centuries. At that time, the Fon tribe used to search the villages for slaves to sell them to the Portuguese. This was Ganvier darkest period when human trafficking was one of the most precious commodities in Africa.

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Ganvie the Venice of Africa, In Ganvie Africa, another of the ethnic groups in the area, the Tofuni, was besieged to such an extent by the Fon tibe that they fled from Cotunú to Lake Nokoué and decided to settle here. The choice of the place was not accidental. The Fon religion did not allow them to enter the water, so Ganvié became for the Tofuni a safe place from the slave siege and that is why Ganvié means "Freedom in the Waters." Since then, they have built their houses on the waters of Lake Nokue, on wooden stakes. The Ganvie Benin villages are a set of small stilt houses or huts, with thatched or tin roofs and bamboo walls of Benin tirbe.

Ganvie Benin, Some 20,000 people live here who carry out most of their daily activities, on top of their boats. The truth is that it seemed that they did not miss putting their feet on the ground. The children handled the boats with such skill that they surely learn to row rather than walk.

Lake Nokue Villages

Ganvie lake village Benin — The largest settlement on Lake Nokue is Ganvié, So-Zouko, and So-Tchanhoué or So- Ava. The only way of transportation is by boat, which its inhabitants do, to get around and get to go to other villages of Lake Nokué. Life in the villages of Lake Nokoué revolves around the Ganvie lake village Benin, not only do they live there but it is also their main livelihood. The Tofuni who settled here went from being farmers to fishermen and most of its inhabitants are dedicated to artisanal fishing. They use a network called Medokpokonou, shaped like a funnel. 
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Fishing boats are known as "dugouts." The sails are made from old sacks and serve their purpose well to sail Lake Nokoue. The Oueme River and the So rivers provide water for Lake Nokue. The water level rises during the rainy seasons from June through December. This encourages the growth of invasive water Hyacinths. 

Lake village west Nokoue is also at risk from climate change, just like the rest of the globe. The Gan lake could grow to twice its current size if the rains become more intense. If this happens, agricultural lands around the lake would be inundated. It would be a disaster if pesticides were sprayed into the water and fish.

Lake Nokoue's fragile ecosystem and insufficient resources to combat pollution could make it impossible for people to live there in the future. If we continue to dump tons of trash and other waste into the lake without any treatment, then it will cause its disappearance.

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