Dassa-Zoumé

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Dassa-Zoumé

Igbo Idaasha
Dassa-Zoumé is located in Benin
Dassa-Zoumé
Dassa-Zoumé
Location in Benin
Coordinates: 07°45′00″N 02°11′00″E / 7.75000°N 2.18333°E / 7.75000; 2.18333
Country Benin
DepartmentCollines Department
Area
 • Total661 sq mi (1,711 km2)
Population
 (2013)
 • Total112,118
Time zoneUTC+1 (WAT)

Dassa-Zoumé, often shortened to Dassa, is a city in Benin, on the Cotonou to Parakou railway and the main north-south highway. The commune covers an area of 1711 square kilometres and as of 2013 had a population of 112,118.[1] Jama'at Islamique Ahmadiyya Benin has built its central Mosque (Mosquee Moubarqiue) here in 2010. It is a beautiful mosque with a tall, 18-meter minaret just outside the city on main road towards Parakou. Jama'at Islamique Ahmadiyya Benin has also built French English bilingual primary school 'Ecole Primaire Publique AHMADIYYA'. [2]

The population of Dassa town migrated from the Egba subgroup in the western Yoruba country in present-day Nigeria to settle in the present day location. The city is known as a place of pilgrimage, the Virgin Mary said to have appeared in La Grotte Marial Notre Dame d'Arigbo, around which a basilica has since been built, containing several shrines. The city is also known for its surrounding forests Igbo Idaasha.

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Coordinates: 07°45′N 02°11′E / 7.750°N 2.183°E / 7.750; 2.183