Porto Novo is the capital city of Benin, a nation in West Africa. Formerly, it was the capital of the French colony of Dahomey. It is located in an inlet on the Gulf of Guinea.

The city was originally founded as a port for slave trade in the 16th Century.

Today, Porto Novo is known for its markets, exports of petroleum and cotton, Brazilian influence, and mosque.

People Born in Porto Novo

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Porto Novo in People's Lives

Oscar PistoriusI traveled here in 2012 to compete in the African Championships of Athletics as a sprinter, alongside able-bodied athletes. I won a silver medal.

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