Ketou

Ketou

Ketou is a Yoruba town, arrondissement and Commune located in the Plateau department. It covers 2183 square kilometers and had 100,499 people in 2002. The Commune is located in the North by Savè and Dassa-Zoumè, south by Pobè, East by Nigeria Federal Republic and West by Zagnanado and Ouinhi. The people in Ketou are mostly Nagot there are also Hollidjè, Fon, Mahi. The city is about 140 km from Cotonou and 100 km to Porto Novo and 17 km to Nigeria Federal Republic border.
Akaba Idena Ketou
Akaba Idena Ketou
The principal religion in this Commune are: Traditional 20,0 %, Muslims 18,8 %, Catholics 36,7 %, Protestants 2,6 % and others religions 21,9%. Ketou is subdivided in 6 arrondissement and 38 villagers and city quarter. The different arrondissements are: Kétou, Adakplamè, Idigny, Kpankou, Odomèta, Okpomèta.
Ketou statue
Ketou statue
The principal activity in Ketou is agriculture the tourism also develops with some hotel and tourism site; there are also some traders and handicrafts.
The mains things to visit in are:
  • Akaba Idena museum (the Sacred Door) is also the center of Orisha/Voodoo cult of Ketou
  • Sacred trash of Aitan-N’la. This is certainly a unique site, well worth a visit. It is a major Orisha shrine, established in the early days of Ketou’s history.
  • Sacred River of EKA at Idigny
  • Sacred river of Ala-N’wa at Illikinou
  • Guèlèdè mask dance
  • Place of IYA MEKPERE
  • IYA BIYA with its 201 wells.
The city is the Headquarter of the old Yoruba kingdom it is linked directly to the birthplace of the Yoruba people which is Ilé Ifè .
Guelede Dance in Ketou during Festival
Guelede Dance in Ketou during Festival
The new king Alade Ifè was wreathing in 2005 as the 50th Alaketu.

It is cultural city. There are many traditional celebrations which many people like to see.

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