Djougou

Djougou

is a town in the North East of Benin. It is located in the Atakora Department. It is a city mostly inhabited by the Bariba, they came to Benin in the 13th and 14th century. The Betammaribe and the Somba are farmers, they were immigrants from Burkina Faso. Djougou is the third after Cotonou and Parakou.
It is a vibrant city or rubs shoulders with Dendi, Hausa, and Yoruba traders. Djougou market comes alive every five days of the week. Several districts of Djougou are specialized in crafts, bijours… There are also several weaving workshops. In December of each year is the Carnival of song and dance, this festival began since 2001.
Djougou has retained the rites and tradition despite the disappearance of a large part because imported religions. Example ASKE which means light is music played with two drums of different sizes GAMGAM and Han it is danced only by women.

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