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Do-Aklin or Gangnihessou (Ganye Hessou) or Dogbari is claimed as the founder of the Fon Kingdom of Dahomey in present-day Benin and the first person in the royal lineage of the Kings of Dahomey (the Aladaxonou dynasty). In many versions he is considered the first king of Dahomey even though the kingdom was founded after his death. Very little is known about Do-Aklin and most of it is connected to folklore, but it is generally claimed that he settled a large group of Aja people from Allada on the Abomey plateau amongst the local inhabitants in c. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Do-Aklin has received more than 41,390 page views. His biography is available in 53 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 51 in 2019). Do-Aklin is the 5,218th most popular politician (down from 5,189th in 2019), the 3rd most popular biography from Benin and the 2nd most popular Beninese Politician.

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Among politicians, Do-Aklin ranks 5,218 out of 19,576Before him are Kiril, Prince of Preslav, Marcus Ulpius Traianus the Elder, Crateuas of Macedon, Wu Qi, Nguyễn Xuân Phúc, and Al-Muttaqi. After him are Proclus of Constantinople, Pierre Mendès France, Emperor Go-Toba, Stevo Pendarovski, Charles-Joseph, 7th Prince of Ligne, and Axayacatl.

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Among people born in 1550, Do-Aklin ranks 14Before him are Jang-geum, John Davis, Edward de Vere, 17th Earl of Oxford, Stanislaus Kostka, Karin Månsdotter, and Giorgio Basta. After him are Jacobus Gallus, Damat Ibrahim Pasha, Emilio de' Cavalieri, Michael Maestlin, False Dmitry III, and John I, Count Palatine of Zweibrücken. Among people deceased in 1700, Do-Aklin ranks 5Before him are Charles II of Spain, Pope Innocent XII, André Le Nôtre, and John Dryden. After him are Prince William, Duke of Gloucester, Monsieur de Sainte-Colombe, Lagâri Hasan Çelebi, Marguerite Bourgeoys, Louis Jolliet, Rajaram I, and Silvestro Valier.

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Among people born in Benin, Do-Aklin ranks 3 out of 25Before him are Phillis Wheatley (1753), and Mathieu Kérékou (1933). After him are Djimon Hounsou (1964), Thomas Boni Yayi (1951), Patrice Talon (1958), Bernardin Gantin (1922), Hubert Maga (1916), Faure Gnassingbé (1966), Angélique Kidjo (1960), Sourou-Migan Apithy (1913), and Justin Ahomadégbé-Tomêtin (1917).


Among politicians born in Benin, Do-Aklin ranks 2Before him are Mathieu Kérékou (1933). After him are Thomas Boni Yayi (1951), Patrice Talon (1958), Hubert Maga (1916), Faure Gnassingbé (1966), Sourou-Migan Apithy (1913), Justin Ahomadégbé-Tomêtin (1917), Christophe Soglo (1909), Émile Derlin Zinsou (1918), Alphonse Alley (1930), and Paul-Émile de Souza (1930).