Stilt villages were built in Lake Nokwe where people in the old days tried to escape enslavement by the Kings of Dahomey. The Dahomey believed a terrible demon lived in the lake, and their ruthless warriors dared not set foot in its waters. The Tofinu had finally found their peace, and were determined to hang on to it.Funny things was when I went to Abomey-the former capital of the ancient kingdom of Dahomey, the law of Dahomey at the Royal palace stated that no one should sell their own people as slave!!! Shamed on the King for selling their Own people!! Everyone should know that although European are responsible of the brutal Slave Trade, but that would never be possible if no LOCAL people betrayed and sold their own People!!
This is the only human settlement in the world with bamboo houses built on stilts and it’s really amazing to be there:)
There is NO platform/boardwalk or anything for you to walk in between houses, everything have to be done on a pirogue!
Even little girl and boy know how to ride a pirogue!
There’s a grand Marche(big market) in the middle of the lagoon!! and people sell everything over there!
If you are interested, there’s 2 hotels for you to stay there. I have checked them out, they got basic toilet facilities and beds! For me, I will never survive:P
But maybe you can try having fresh fish for lunch over there. Fishing is their main industry!
But once again, I hope they will learn later-it’s better for fishes to grow then to kill them when they are little. Over-fishing is a main problem in Africa! They never let the fishes to grow or multiply! Sad Sad Sad! I really hope one day I will see a change in Africa!