Commune location in the Donga Department

Location in Benin

Coordinates: 9°01′N 1°40′E / 9.017°N 1.667°E / 9.017; 1.667Coordinates: 9°01′N 1°40′E / 9.017°N 1.667°E / 9.017; 1.667
Country Benin
Department Donga Department
  Total 5,661 km2 (2,186 sq mi)
Population (2013)
  Total 130,770
  Density 23/km2 (60/sq mi)
Time zone GMT 0 (UTC+0)

Bassila is a town, arrondissement, and commune located in the Donga Department of Benin. The commune covers an area of 120 square kilometres and as of 2013 had a population of 130,770 people.[1][2]

The RNIE 3 highway of Benin passes through the town of Bassila and the commune. The main ethnic groups in the town are in the order of significance: Yoruba/Nagot who are the native dwellers, as well as smaller migrant communities of Anii and Tem people otherwise known as 'Kotokoli'. The Nagots historically migrated from Nigeria during a westward Yoruba expansion. Given that Bassila is located in proximity to the border with Togo, a significant proportion of the population are of Togolese origin (Anii and Kotokoli migrants).[3] Bassila is the second largest arrondissement in Benin by land area.

Towns and villages

Adeli, Afodiobo, Agougou, Akarade, Aledjo-Koura, Aletoutou, Alori, Assion, Aworo, Bakana-Kari, Bakperou, Baningli, Bassila, Bayakou, Biguina, Bodi, Bomako, Boutou, Diengou, Dogue, Gando, Gaougado, Gassagadi, Gatakpal, Goutoungadoni, Guiguizo, Igbere, Igbomakoro, Inkolonie, Iyo, Kadjimani, Kaoute, Katia, Kemeni, Kemetou Alidjo, Kemetou Penezoulou, Kikele, Koakoaliki, Kokotyi, Kominde, Kouloumizi, Kpartao, Kpendi, Lagbere, Liro, Madiatom, Manigri, Mborko, Ngioro, Ngmellang, Niala, Odokoriko, Odola, Ogougouworo, Okouta-Boussa, Penelan, Pénéssoulou, Prekete, Sakouna, Sakouna-Neugbawaperoun, Saramanga, Tchembere, Tiakpartia, Tiatiala, Touroumini, Wetietie, Yadia, Yari

Notable people


  1. "Bassila". Atlas Monographique des Communes du Benin. Retrieved January 5, 2013.
  2. "Communes of Benin". Statoids. Archived from the original on 2 January 2013. Retrieved January 5, 2013.
  3. Segnon, AC; Achigan-Dako, EG (2014). "Comparative analysis of diversity and utilization of edible plants in arid and semi-arid areas in Benin". J Ethnobiol Ethnomed. 10: 80. doi:10.1186/1746-4269-10-80. PMC 4290139Freely accessible. PMID 25539993.

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