A zémidjan (also called zem) is a type of taxi found in Benin. The highest concentration is found in the largest city, Cotonou, where there are an estimated 72,000. Zémidjans are motorcycles that carry one to two passengers for short distances within towns. The fares are entirely negotiable. The drivers wear uniforms that are color-coded by city, and have registration numbers written on the back. The name derives from the Fon language where zémidjan means "get me there fast" or "take me quickly". The way to actually call a zémidjan is "Kekenon", deriving also from Fon language and means "the man that carries". The zémidjan typically stops by and then the passenger and driver negotiate the price, depending on the final destination. The minimum rate is 100FCFA.
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