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Posted by on Apr 30, 2017 in Life in Benin, My Blog | 0 comments

Protecting Your Home in Simple Steps

Moving to a new country causes all sorts of levels of difficulty. There’s VISA and movement jobs, there’s finding employment and then there is getting to know the culture and way of life. Becoming familiar with each aspect of the way of life within new places is massively important, because it’s essentially an unwritten ‘do’s and don’ts package. Discovering what is the done thing in a country is genuinely one of the most important things, and life in Benin is no different. There is a culture of gun use and also theft. Learning how to protect your home is massively important. Check out a few simple ways you can protect your home in Benin.

Light Up Your Home

Led Light Bar

It’s a funny thing, light. The absence of it gives criminals freedom to act, but add lighting to your home and it protects, almost acting like a forcefield of visibility on the home. Automatic lights that are based on movement are a great idea to have. Another option is protecting your home with LED light bars. LED light bars are literally bars of LED lights that you can attach to your home that give off a constant, bright light. If this sounds like your thing, check out Light Bar Liaison for the best reviews of the market.

‘Beware of the Dog’

Beware of Dog Sign

Always a good way to fend off possible threats to your home – invest in a good guard dog. An even cheaper way of doing this? ‘Beware of the Dog’ signs are the warning before the warning. Many people are intimidated enough with the thought of a huge, growling dog in your house to even go near it. So, this will be a great way to deter them.

Electric Locks

Electric Locks

The problem with a lot of standard lock-and-key locks is that people lose the key – or they get stolen. When this happens, if you don’t have an alarm in your home then you’re easy picking. If you install an electric lock that works from a code entry system, you’re already safer as a result, so long as you:

  1. a)   Remember the code
  2. b)   Don’t write the code down on something easily stolen

With these in mind, you will be much safer.

Keep the House Safe When You’re Away


Houses often get burgled while the homeowner is away. It feels like an easy target, and usually it is. If you can ask a relative or neighbour to keep one eye on your home while you’re away, you will already have much better security than many around. Check the locks, alarms and gates are all securely locked before leaving the house, regardless of the reason, too.

These are merely the simple, inexpensive steps you can take to secure your home in Benin, or anywhere in the world. Implement these and you will both be, and feel, much safer of an evening. Home security isn’t merely a scare tactic, it’s a way of protecting yourself, your home and the ones you love.

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Posted by on Aug 1, 2015 in Life in Benin | 0 comments

Learning from the Natives

People nowadays should always take time to look back at how ancestors and aborigines lived their lives so healthily and peacefully in the past, despite lacking the technology that are enjoyed and abused by those living in the now.

During the old times, people worry about nothing else but the food they will eat for the day, the clothing that they will have to wear with the purpose of protecting them from the cold or heat and not with the purpose of looking fabulous, and the house they will have to live in, with the purpose of protection and not to impress their neighbors.

Basically, the main goal of our ancestors was to protect themselves and survive another day. Such basic desires and motivation caused them live more healthily because they do not tamper with nature too badly.

Nowadays, however, tampering is the new thing. That is why houses are built in materials that are believed to be sturdier than plain wood, and they are built in excessively bigger sizes than it needs to be.

But despite all that technology has to offer, houses are still susceptible even to the most basic element there is – water.

For people in Benine, Africa, water damage is one of the most hazardous types of contamination that any house could ever encounter. A friend from Africa had to learn and deal with this truth, the hard way, after losing his house in NY due to his negligence about water contamination.

He was born and raised in Benine, but he has moved to NY to pursue greater success. However, he never thought that an event such as what happened would be so damaging to his home.

His house was beyond repairable with all the insects thriving inside his walls and dirt and molds all over the place. His house was always damped because he lives in an area that was frequently flooded. Thinking like he was still in Benine, were floods are even something locals become happy about, he disregarded the frequent flooding in his house and just let the areas dry naturally or just push out the water. He never gave it much thought before.

Now, he lives in another house because the old one was no longer habitable by humans. Insects and germs have taken over the place. We all know that water is a nutritious element, but it not only give nutrients to plants and animals and human beings, it is also a very healthy element for the bad things as well, such as molds and bacteria and harmful insects.

If only people learned to think more like the aboriginal people did, then he would have understood that the essence of a house is to protect the people inside it, and as the house protects the owner, it is the owner’s responsibility to ensure that the house remains in top condition so that it could continue to serve its purpose. Giving up on the responsibility to ensure that your house is in good condition will have its consequences on you.

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