Bohicon

Bohicon is a city in Benin, and a conurbation of Abomey lying 9 kilometres east of the city on the railway line from Cotonou to Parakou and on Benin's main highway RNIE 2 which joins the RNIE 4. The commune covers an area of 139 square kilometres and as of 2012 had a population of 149,271 people.[1][2]

Bohicon
Road leading into Bohicon from the south
Road leading into Bohicon from the south
Bohicon is located in Benin
Bohicon
Bohicon
Location in Benin
Coordinates: 7°12′N 2°04′E / 7.200°N 2.067°E / 7.200; 2.067
Country Benin
DepartmentZou Department
Area
 • Total44 km2 (17 sq mi)
Elevation
167 m (548 ft)
Population
 (2012)
 • Total149,271
 • Density3,400/km2 (8,800/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+1 (WAT)
Bohicon traders of textiles such as cushions and matresses
Bohicon Mosque

A speciality sold in the market is afitin (soy dawa-dawa/soy iru), which is traditionally and somewhat famously in Benin made by women in the region. It is a protein-rich fermented food widely used in West Africa as a seasoning.

ClimateEdit

Climate data for Bohicon (1961–1990)
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °C (°F) 36.7
(98.1)
37.8
(100.0)
37.7
(99.9)
36.5
(97.7)
34.9
(94.8)
33.5
(92.3)
31.7
(89.1)
31.8
(89.2)
32.9
(91.2)
33.9
(93.0)
35.3
(95.5)
35.4
(95.7)
37.8
(100.0)
Average high °C (°F) 34.4
(93.9)
35.8
(96.4)
35.2
(95.4)
33.8
(92.8)
32.4
(90.3)
30.7
(87.3)
29.3
(84.7)
29.1
(84.4)
30.2
(86.4)
31.7
(89.1)
33.8
(92.8)
33.8
(92.8)
32.5
(90.5)
Daily mean °C (°F) 28.4
(83.1)
29.7
(85.5)
29.5
(85.1)
28.7
(83.7)
27.8
(82.0)
26.4
(79.5)
25.5
(77.9)
25.3
(77.5)
26.0
(78.8)
27.0
(80.6)
28.4
(83.1)
28.1
(82.6)
27.6
(81.7)
Average low °C (°F) 22.4
(72.3)
23.6
(74.5)
23.9
(75.0)
23.6
(74.5)
23.1
(73.6)
22.2
(72.0)
21.8
(71.2)
21.5
(70.7)
21.7
(71.1)
22.2
(72.0)
22.9
(73.2)
22.4
(72.3)
22.6
(72.7)
Record low °C (°F) 19.2
(66.6)
21.0
(69.8)
21.0
(69.8)
20.9
(69.6)
20.6
(69.1)
20.2
(68.4)
20.1
(68.2)
20.3
(68.5)
20.3
(68.5)
20.3
(68.5)
20.7
(69.3)
19.0
(66.2)
19.0
(66.2)
Average precipitation mm (inches) 3.6
(0.14)
28.3
(1.11)
74.9
(2.95)
127.3
(5.01)
153.2
(6.03)
175.0
(6.89)
142.2
(5.60)
112.4
(4.43)
140.0
(5.51)
118.8
(4.68)
22.3
(0.88)
14.4
(0.57)
1,112.4
(43.80)
Average precipitation days (≥ 1.0 mm) 1 2 5 9 10 12 9 8 9 9 2 1 77
Mean monthly sunshine hours 210.8 201.6 204.6 204.0 210.8 171.0 114.7 96.1 123.0 195.3 231.0 213.9 2,176.8
Mean daily sunshine hours 6.8 7.2 6.6 6.8 6.8 5.7 3.7 3.1 4.1 6.3 7.7 6.9 6.0
Source: NOAA[3]

AdministrationEdit

 
Bohicon Railway Station

Bohicon is one of the 77 official Communes of Benin. The city is located 9 kilometres from Abomey but the commune is divided into arrondissements:

Notable landmarksEdit

 
Lycée Technique de Bohicon
  • Lycée Technique de Bohicon (LYTEB)
  • Collège Monseigneur Steinmetz
  • Bohicon Railway Station
  • Parc Archeologique d'Agongointo
 
Entrance to the Parc Archéologique d'Agongointo

Notable peopleEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Bohicon". Atlas Monographique des Communes du Bénin. Retrieved January 5, 2010.
  2. ^ "Communes of Benin". Statoids. Archived from the original on April 30, 2012. Retrieved January 5, 2010.
  3. ^ "Bohicon Climate Normals 1961–1990". National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Retrieved January 13, 2015.

External linksEdit

 
Globalisation evident in Bohicon with heavy Coca-Cola advertising

Coordinates: 07°12′00″N 02°04′00″E / 7.20000°N 2.06667°E / 7.20000; 2.06667