Goats are the most prevalent livestock in West Africa. They are hardy critters!
Dugout canoes near Possotome, Benin.
The voodoo water spirit Mami Wata depicted at a shrine in Benin.
Fishing nets in Possotome, Benin.
Roadside dining in Benin.
Python voodoo temple in Ouidah, Benin.
"Gate of No Return" point of departure for millions of slaves forced from Benin to the New World.
Frenetic energy and vibrant color at the fish market near Ganvie, Benin.
Simple sailing rigs in Ganvie, Benin.
25,000 live on the water in Ganvie.
Floating market in Ganvie
Transporting palm fronds from the mainland to the homes in Ganvie for use as roofing material.
Hawkers aggressively sell food to passengers arriving by bus
Celebrating Christmas at Obama Beach in Benin's economic capital, Cotonou.
Obama beach has had its name for many years, but it gained international fame out of sheer coincidence.
Groups of children and even adults often where matching outfits at special events. The tradition is rooted in a sense of solidarity with one another; no one can appear richer when everyone is wearing the same clothes.
Tash makes a friend at Obama Beach. Few people know how to swim, so most visit the beach just to see and be seen.
Eggs at the beach. That's a combination we've never seen before.
Gas stolen from pipelines in Nigeria is smuggled to Benin and Togo then sold at roadside stands.
Lome, the capital city of Togo, is home to a voodoo charm market full of animal parts destined for use in potions and religious ceremonies.
African dog heads, likely poached, for sale in Lome's voodoo charm market.
Countless animal parts suggest widespread environmental devastation to support demand for voodoo charms.
An appreciation practices traditional methods at a village dedicated to weaving in Ghana's Volta region.
The village of Liati Wote rests just below Ghana's highest point, a mere 2,900ft above sea level.