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Commune, arrondissement and city
Banikoara is located in Benin
Location in Benin
Coordinates: 11°18′N 2°26′E / 11.300°N 2.433°E / 11.300; 2.433Coordinates: 11°18′N 2°26′E / 11.300°N 2.433°E / 11.300; 2.433
Country  Benin
Department Alibori Department
 • Commune, arrondissement and city 4,383 km2 (1,692 sq mi)
Elevation 300 m (1,000 ft)
Population (2013)
 • Commune, arrondissement and city 248,621
 • Density 57/km2 (150/sq mi)
 • Metro 28,402
Time zone WAT (UTC+1)
Postal address BP: 01
Area code(s) (+223) 29

Banikoara is a town, arrondissement and commune located in the Alibori Department of Benin. It lies 69 kilometers west of Kandi at the heart of the most productive cotton-growing region in Benin. Its name means "Bani's town," and honors its founder, Bani Gansé.

Administrative divisions[edit]

Banikoara is subdivided into 10 arrondissements; Banikoara, Founougo, Gomparou, Goumori, Kokey, Kokiborou, Ounet, Sompérékou, Soroko and Toura. They contain 53 villages and 11 urban districts.[1]

The arrondissement of Banikoara contains the villages of Arbonga, Demanou, Derou Garou, Kokire, Kommon, Kori Ginguiri, Tokey Banta, Wagou, Weterou and Yadikparou.[2]


The commune covers an area of 4383 square kilometres and as of 2002 had a population of 152,028 people.[1][3] In 2008 there was an estimated 24,917 living in the main town.[4]


Most of the population are engaged in agricultural activities followed by trade and handicrafts. 51 024,00 hectares of land are devoted to agriculture, accounting for 7.32% of the total land area.[1] The main crops grown are maize, cotton, sorghum and cowpeas.[1]

Electricity used in Banikora often has to be produced by a generator due to a defective solar system and unreliable mains electricity.[5] The telephone lines are in poor condition, which makes it difficult to maintain a regular and reliable connection for Internet access.[5] Banikoara is 60 kilometres from the nearest hard road and its development is hampered by its isolation until infrastructure develops.[5]


UNESCO has donated four computers and other equipment and provided an initial two-week training and been responsible for the establishment of a radio station in Banikoara in 1994.[5] They had provided education to local people in basic IT and Internet skills since February 2002, text processing, photocopying, scanning, printing and photography.[5]


  1. ^ a b c d "Banikoara". Atlas Monographique des Communes du Benin. Retrieved January 5, 2010. 
  2. ^ "Point des Realisations par Village" (PDF). Direction Générale de l'Eau du Benin. 24 April 2014. Retrieved 28 July 2015. 
  3. ^ "Communes of Benin". Statoids. Archived from the original on 2 January 2010. Retrieved January 5, 2010. 
  4. ^ "Banikoara". World Gazetteer. Retrieved 2008-12-21. 
  5. ^ a b c d e "Benin-Banikoara". UNESCO. Retrieved January 8, 2010.