was a Beninese writer and politician. He was Information Minister of Dahomey (now Benin) from 1960 to 1963. Tevoedjré was educated at Toulouse, Fribourg, and Geneva. He taught at secondary schools at Cahors, Dakar, and Porto Novo before travelling to Paris to pursue a writing career. While in Paris he wrote L'Afrique révoltée in 1958 and Afrique debout in 1959. He also served as editor in chief of the left-wing newsper L'Etudiant Noir. During this time he frequented left-wing circles to discuss political affairs. At these and various cultural conferences across Europe and Asia, he learned to speak German, English, and Spanish, besides his native French.
Before independence was obtained from France, Tevoedjré helped found the proindependence organization Mouvement Africain de Libération Nationale and the Ligue pour la Promotion Africaine, as well as leading the Syndicat National des Ensignants du Dahomey. In February 1960, Teveodjré participated in a strike at the Technical College of Cotonou. The demonstrators requested to fire two professors who failed several students and had them expelled.
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