We Tour August 09, 2018 at 06:00 pm

Six captivating ancient houses of indigenous Africans engineered beautifully

Elizabeth Ofosuah Johnson | Staff Writer

Elizabeth Ofosuah Johnson August 09, 2018 at 06:00 pm

August 09, 2018 at 06:00 pm | We Tour

Tata Somba Houses – Benin

The Somba people are the ancient indigenous tribe in Benin in West Africa. Their distinctive houses are popularly referred to as the  Tata Somba Castles because of how grand and castle-like they can be. These housing units inspired the Europeans when building the early forts found in Benin. The Tata Somba houses could be story building houses or houses with one floor but several rooms spread across. For storey building types, the ground floor is for the kitchen, water storage and livestock while the first floor was the main family house.

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