Amédée, TransAfrica guide, introducing Abomey bas-reliefs (Benin)
My name is Amédée. I’m 46 years old and I’m a bilingual (French and English) tour guide.
After my A-level, I registered at English department at Abomey-Calavi University. After a bachelor degree, I started working as English teacher and I was also recruited as a tour guide at the Historical Museum of Abomey which is located in former royal palaces of ancient kings of Danxomè kingdom. It was from that place that I got the first contact with Transafrica and whenever they got some groups, they would like me to guide them. After few years spent in that museum, I decided to experience an adventure.
From that point, I became a close partner of Transafrica.
I went back to university for a Master degree in Management of Culture and Tourism; which I ended successfully and defended my dissertation in 2017. By that time, tourism activities resumed and I was always on the road with groups for Transafrica. Great and unforgettable moments with Transafrica company and its staff! Working with them is very exciting and challenging for me.
Owing to Transafrica, I explored other countries like Ghana and Togo that I didn’t know before. Today, I can lead groups from different countries (Great Britain, USA, Italy, Slovenia, Japan, Russia, Australia etc.) to these West Africa countries . While sharing my cultural knowledge with visitors, I also learned much from them. To overcome difficulties on our trips, Transafrica each year, organized a training for us guides. These moments of being together, have helped us to acquire all the knowledge necessary to face all challenges once on trips.
For the moment, I’m devoting my time to studies. I’m back to university again for a PhD. My project is on the bas-reliefs of the old palaces of Danxomè kingdom. This type of heritage played many functions in the past and is unique in Benin but many people don’t know all the historical values of such a rich and intangible heritage. So, my research will point out the importance of the enhancement of these bas-reliefs in order to present them as an asset for tourism in Benin.
Visiting the bas-reliefs of the royal palaces of Abomey is worth the detour when you are in West Africa.