"Priceless Moments"

What better way to spend the summer vacation than with your dad in his native land? Kenzo Hounsou is doing just that with his father, Djimon Hounsou, in Benin.


Benin is a West African country that is rich in heritage and scenery. One trip to one of many national parks in the region will put you in touch with wildlife and help you connect with the nature in a new and wholesome way. There is also an artisan market in Se, Benin, that many tourists flock to for souvenirs to take home to their friends.

Perhaps one of the reasons why Benin is so significant is because of its diversity. The country is home to more than 60 ethnic groups. Major tribes in the region include Fon, Aja, and Yoruba. There is also the element of variety in nature. You visit the northern part of Benin to see arid landscapes. Meanwhile, the southern portion of the region offers a beautiful coastline and other intriguing sights.

Djimon and his son definitely spent time on the southern side of the country as Kenzo was photographed while sitting in a boat on the water. The celebrity father and his son also took pictures in town as one candid featured a house behind Djimon and Kenzo.

Djimon Hounsou was born and raised in Benin. The actor came to America as an adult to work in the fashion industry before landing his leading role in Amistad that changed everything. Djimon shared his experience of adapting to the American way during a 2016 interview with Faith In The Bay.

“When I first came to America, I was reborn in many ways: socially, my mannerisms and so forth … it was a lot,” Hounsou explained. “Back then, part of the reason was that I was learning a new language and I felt like a baby trying to articulate it.”

“As my ability to speak the language matured, I completely shut down all I knew from speaking French. I learned to speak English by watching others. Slowly, I got a job and kept studying the language even though I was green to the business of acting and green to the way of life in America.”

Djimon eventually found his way and has been working the Hollywood scene ever since. Kenzo is his son with Kimora Lee Simmons.



Sarie is a writer and editor for BCK's Los Angeles division. She also shares stories on Medium that are meant to encourage thought and discussion. You can catch her outside enjoying nature and classical literature. Pop culture is pretty fun, too!

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