“I was the first ever Beninese to come to Amsterdam in 1970. Since that time forty five Beninese have come here to live. I came to Europe to study, living first in Switzerland where I was not allowed to stay. Through an organisation of Dutch volunteers who I had met in Benin I arrived in the Netherlands. I fell in lovely with a wonderful woman in Amsterdam. We both lived in Jordaan; I at the top of the Lijnbaansgracht and Westerstraat, and she on the corner at the Anjelierstraat. We hadn’t seen each other as neighbours. It was only at a mutual friend’s party that we met. We are still together and have three daughters, all in their thirties now.
12 people in Amsterdam have the Beninese nationality