When Béhanzin refused to transfer the land as a colony, he was deported with his queen Lakoukou Massè, son Ouanilo and daughters Agbopano, Mécougnon, and Potassi, as well as eleven other wives with about fifty children, and court in 1894 to Martinique . In 1906, towards the end of Béhanzin’s life, the entourage was allowed to settle in Algeria . For several years, Prince Ouanilo Béhanzin sought permission from France to bury his father in Abomey next to his representative, according to the king’s wishes . Ouanilo was not allowed to move the remains until 1928 .
Prince Ouanilo trained as an agricultural engineer and lawyer and became the first black lawyer in Paris. Ouanilo died in 1928 in Dakar on the way home to France after the burial in Abomey, 42 years old. Ouanilo was first buried in Bordeaux, but in 2006 his remains were also moved to Abomey.
In 2006, one hundred years after Béhanzin’s death, his memory was celebrated through exhibitions and seminars in Benin and France. [ 1 ] [ 2 ]
- Béhanzin on the Internet Movie Database (English) with Delroy Lindo as Béhanzin
- Joseph E. Harris Africans and Their History Penguin 1998.
- Unesco General History of Africa. Vol. VII: Africa under Colonial Domination, 1880-1935 University of California 1990.
- A. Adu Boahen, Jacob F.
- Ade Ajayi, Michael Tidy Topics in West African History Addison-Wesley 1987.
- Maryse Condé Last of the African Kings University of Nebraska Press 1997
- Behanzin Hossu Bowelle (English)
- Walter H. Wills The Anglo-African Who’s Who and Biographical Sketchbook, 1907 , see page 404 for the obituary (English)
- Several photographs by Brian McMorrow from Abomey, several related to Béhanzin (English)