Olabyi Aures Oba Chabi was born and raised in Benin, West Africa, a small country nestled between Togo to the west, Nigeria to the east, and Burkina Faso and Niger to the north.
When Olabyi Aures Oba Chabi tells people in the United States where he is from, a common response he gets is, “Where?” Olabyi Aures Oba Chabi has learned that as a tiny nation, many people outside of his native land have never heard of it, and consequently don’t know anything about it.
The first thing that Olabyi Aures Oba Chabi tells such people is that as his native country, it is the land he loves. He was not only born and raised in Benin, but educated there, too. Olabyi Aures Oba Chabi has a Bachelor’s degree in Audit and Corporate Finance. He also has a Master’s degree, and is a trained accountant.
The Republic of Benin, Olabyi Aures Oba Chabi goes on to say, was once known as Dahomey, a prominent West African kingdom that had its golden age in the fifteenth century. Dahomey became a French Colony in 1872, but achieved independence as Benin in 1960. After a series of military governments, the Republic of Benin became a Marxist-Leninist state in 1972, but today is a democracy. In fact, Olabyi Aures Oba Chabi is proud to say, Benin has the first successful transfer of power in all of Africa from a dictatorship to a democracy, with a one man, one vote system of government.
Olabyi Aures Oba Chabi is fluent in French, which is the official language of Benin. But other, native African tongues are also spoken in Benin, including Yoruba, Mina, Bariba and Dendi. More than half of the Beninese citizens speak Fon. Also, he says, English is widely taught in secondary schools.