List of Famous people born in Benin
Djimon Gaston Hounsou is a Beninese–American actor and model. Hounsou began his career appearing in music videos. He made his film debut in the Sandra Bernhard film Without You I'm Nothing (1990) and gained widespread recognition for his role as Cinqué in the Steven Spielberg film Amistad (1997). He gained further recognition for his roles in Gladiator (2000), In America (2003), and Blood Diamond (2006), receiving Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor nominations for both the latter films. He also played an antagonist in Furious 7 (2015). He has been nominated for a Golden Globe Award and three Screen Actors Guild Awards. Djimon Hounsou plays an important role as well in the French film Forces spéciales in 2011.
Angélique Kpasseloko Hinto Hounsinou Kandjo Manta Zogbin Kidjo, known as Angélique Kidjo, is a Beninese singer-songwriter, actress, and activist who is noted for her diverse musical influences and creative music videos. In 2007, Time magazine called her "Africa's premier diva".
Steve Michel Mounié is a Beninese professional footballer who plays as a striker for French Ligue 1 club Brest and the Beninese national team.
Patrice Guillaume Athanase Talon is a Beninese politician and businessman who has been President of Benin since 6 April 2016.
Stéphane Sessègnon is a Beninese professional footballer who most recently played for Turkish club Gençlerbirliği. He is a Benin international, having represented the nation at both the 2008, 2010 and 2019 editions of the Africa Cup of Nations. Sessègnon plays a variety of positions as a forward, a winger and as a midfield offensive playmaker. He is Benin's all-time top scorer and appearance maker with 24 international goals in 83 matches.
Zomahoun Idossou Rufin, popularly known as Zomahon (ゾマホン), is a Beninese foreign personality in Japan. He is currently the Ambassador of the Republic of Benin to Japan and the former Special Advisor of the President of the Republic of Benin Thomas Boni Yayi.
Éric Micoud is a French basketball player who played 20 games for the men's French national team between 1999 and 2001.
Jean Gregoire Sagbo is a Beninese-born Russian real estate agent and politician. His position is councilor of Novozavidovo in Konakovsky District, Tver Oblast. Sagbo is the first Russian of African descent, or Afro-Russian, to have been elected to a local council in the Russian Federation. He has been referred to as "Russia's Obama".
Éric Degbegni, better known as Éric Blanc, is a French Impressionist and comedian.
Jean-Marc Adjovi-Bocco is a Beninese former professional footballer who played as a defender. Bocco captained the Benin national football team, until he retired from international football in the summer of 1997.