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Monday, June 19, 2017 - 05:50

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Finding an address in Benin's Cotonou is like a treasure hunt. Most people in the country's economic capital use complex combinations of landmarks and directions to get around as street names, even where they exist, are usually not posted and address numbers are rarely marked.

Cotonou, Benin

IN Benin's economic capital of Cotonou, as in many other African cities, finding a house, office or restaurant is often like a treasure hunt.

Luck, if not a miracle, is required as easy clues such as street names, even where they exist, are usually not posted and

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