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Nonvitcha Party

Grand-popo, Benin

Irony of fate or mere coincidence. The idea of ​​organizing such an event sprang up just after the end of the first world conflagration. Referring to the history course, this initiative took shape after the crossing of some countries bordering Benin of a national Xwéla named GNANSOUNOU AKPA in 1919. The latter, having noted the lack of brotherhood between the peoples Xwéla and Xwéla living abroad decided, on his return, to organize a series of meetings with the dignitaries of the Xwla community in order to promote a spirit of brotherhood between the two communities. Thus, after various consultations, the first edition of Nonvitcha took place in 1923. The descendants, anxious to preserve the fraternal bond established by their ancestors have dedicated the Pentecost Sunday as official day of celebration of Nonvitcha.

Over the years, several touches of modernity have been brought to this ceremony. A place was chosen to house the various official events. Formerly celebrated in one day, the feast of Nonvitcha in recent years takes place over several days. Communications, dance parties, sports competitions and many other activities complete the festivities of Nonvitcha. 

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