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COG Spotlight: Beninese Origami Group


My name is Claude GNAHOUI DAVID. I’m a Beninese Artist passionate about Origami.


I discovered Origami when I was studying Art in France, and back in my home country, I noted that Beninese people didn’t know much about this art. So, I decided to promote it in Benin and share my passion with others. Then I created the Beninese Origami Group on February 4, 2017. Through that organization, I have organized many workshops and also installed many origami clubs in Benin.

Having noted that the African cultural objects aren’t represented in traditional origami models, I’ve decided to create some origami African objects like the traditional African musical instrument, a drum called Djembe

Djembe drum

and some traditional African masks and statues.

Left to right: Amawato; Gbegnato; Madag

Another important thing is that we hosted a conference on Origami on December 23, 2017.

Finally, I can say that I’m proud of the dynamism and the motivation of the Beninese Origami Group members because of their devotion to this Art, and it makes me want to continue.

– Claude GNAHOUI DAVID (claudegnahoui [at]