Patrice Talon

Beninese president

Patrice Guillaume Athanase Talon[1] (born 1 May 1958) is a Beninese businessman and politician. He has been President of Benin since 6 April 2016.

Patrice Talon
Patrice Talon at the 52nd African Development Bank Annual Meeting in Gandhinagar (Cropped).jpg
8th President of Benin
Assumed office
6 April 2016
Preceded byThomas Boni Yayi
Personal details
Born (1958-05-01) 1 May 1958 (age 65)
Ouidah, Dahomey
Political partyIndependent (1983-Present)
Spouse(s)Claudine Gbènagnon
Alma materUniversity of Dakar
École nationale de l'aviation civile

In September 2021, Patrice Talon and Thomas Boni Yayi, political allies who have become intimate enemies, met at the Marina Palace in Cotonou. During this tête-à-tête, Thomas Boni Yayi presented Patrice Talon with a series of proposals and requests, relating in particular to the release of “political detainees”.'[2]


  1. "Vice Foreign Minister Zhang Ming Meets with President Patrice Guillaume Athanase Talon of Benin". Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the People's Republic of China. 9 September 2016.
  2. "Exclusif – Bénin : au cœur du tête-à-tête entre Patrice Talon et Thomas Boni Yayi". Jeune Afrique. 22 September 2021.