Being a French colony, its native culture has an influence of the French culture and lifestyle. However, apart from this influence from several other ethnic groups can be observed which migrated to this region previously. For instance, Yoruba, Dendi, Bariba, etc. are just to name a few. Lately there has been various other people coming here and settling for various other purposes. Some of these are Nigerians, Togolese, etc.
The main language is French here. Even in the education sector it is used as a medium for instruction. Since, Benin is the birthplace for voodoo, its prevalence can be found throughout the country. Grande Marche du Dantopka in Cotonou is a voodoo fetish market which is a grand market place where different kind of voodoo accessories can be found.