French, English subtitles (Title: "The nights are no longer dark")

Darkness envelops much of Africa when the sun sets each day. This five-minute multimedia piece tells the story of a village in Benin where the lives of its inhabitants were transformed as a result of a rural electrification project. It documents how access to affordable energy can lift people out of poverty and shows how infrastructure investments can improve the quality of life in a remote community. (French language version, subtitled in English)

Photography and multimedia production: Arne Hoel,

Photography and multimedia production: Arne Hoel (

Client: The African Development Bank (AfDB)

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