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Biography of Mathieu Kerekou,Origin,Education,Family,Net worth,Policies,Legacies

Biography of Mathieu Kerekou,Origin,Education,Family,Net worth,Policies,Legacies


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of Mathieu Kerekou Mathieu Kerekou Ahmed was a military and political leader in North-West
of the former British colony of Dahomey which is today known as the Republic of Benin. He
was born on the 2nd of September, 1933, and baptized in the Roman Catholic Church.He was
a descent of the Somba ethnic group and attended Saint-Louis Secondary School in Senegal. He
also attended the Military Training College, Frejus, in France, and Saint-Raphael Military
School in France. Kerekou had quite a dramatic military experience. He served in the French
Army between 1960 and 1961. Afterwards, he joined the Dahomey Army at the completion
of his one year service in 1961. He studied in military schools between the year 1968
and 1970 in two countries, Mali and Senegal. Kerekou was an aide-de-camp to a one time
military president of Dahomey, Hubert Maga. In 1967, Kerekou was made the chairman ofthe
Military Revolutionary Council after Maurice Kouandete’s coup d’etat. Later on, he
was ranked a major, including deputy chief of staff and commander of the Ouidah paratroop
unit.In 1972, a coup was planned by some of his junior and senior officers. Before then,
Kerekou was asked by some of these officers to join them for the coup to which he obliged.
Right after the coup,Kerekou took over as the chief of staff. At the seizure of power,
he as serted that he had not “seized” power as it was often a term used in the military
then, but that he had only “collected” the power back. His assertion got some attention
because it reflected a new dimension in the militaristic philosophy of political power.Some
Vodun believers thought he possessed some magical powers because he survived several
military coups when he was in the army. Kerekou, right from his early days in the military,
had a motto; the branch will not break in the hands of the chameleon, which was symbolic
and perceived as projecting his power and ability. Also, he was known with a slogan
he used during his campaign, Experience in the service of youth. In 2006, Kerekou finally
left office and stayed out of politics. In 1972, Kerekou madean inspiring speech which
put an end to the foreign influence in the education and culture of the Dahomeyans. He
made the announcement of a policy of national independence aimed at preserving the national
interest of the people. He introduced some revolutionary changes into the political and
economic life of Dahomey, adopting a Marxist-Leninist ideology in 1974. This brought about the change
of the name of the country from Dahomey to the People’s Republic of Benin in 1975.There
was a peaceful transfer of power in 1991 when Kerekou willingly stepped down for his opponent,Nicephore
Soglo, in a multi-party poll. Through this, he showed that a political leader can accept
defeat without violence. Kerekou was given a global recognition as the one who ushered
in a new era in West Africa.He however, came backto power in 1996, winning over the Soglo.
At his return to power, he was able to win a second term; another five-year term which
was recorded to be his last. Not many know about Kerekou’s marital life, however there
are unconfirmed reports that Kerekou had a wife, Mrs Kerekou, who was caught in the
act of adultery with a minister who Kerekou allegedly shot in his attempt to escape half-naked. Kerekou
converted to Islam in 1980, while on a visit to Libya, and changed his first name to Ahmed.
The change of name from Mathieu to Ahmed was with the sole aimof pleasing the then Libyan
leader, Muammar Gaddafi, to obtain military and financial support. He suffered a health
challenge in 2014, and was taken to Paris for immediate medical attention. He regained
his health after the treatment and suffered another health problem some months after which
 led to his death on the 14th of October 2015.  Kerekou’s net worthwas estimated
at $10 million dollars. Did you Know?●     Kerekou was nicknamed “the chameleon,” right from
the early days of his career.●    dictatorial tendencies nearly dented Kerekou’s popularity●     In
March, 2001, he was re-elected for a second five-year term under some controversial circumstances.●     During
his second tenure in office, his government was fashioned in line with a liberal economic
path.●     His tenure witnessed Benin taking part in international peacekeeping
missions in some African states.●     He was prevented from running for president in
the year 2006 for two major reasons: firstly, because he had already served two terms and
also because he was already older than 70 at that time.●     At a national conference
held in 1990, after the smooth transition to democracy, Kerekou confessed his guilt
and asked for forgiveness for the flaws of his regime.  What’s your take on Kerekou
as an African politician? Let’s know in the comment section.  Will it be ridiculous to
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