The interviews were conducted between 1994 and 1996 in Benin and Togo. They were spoken in diverse languages, mainly French, Fon, Mina, and Yoruba, but were originally transcribed just in French. The complete versions are only available in audio. The transcriptions in French are reproduced here in facsimile with a translation into Portuguese.
In most cases, the interviews were transcribed by a different project participant from the one who accompanied me during the interviews, which enabled a detailed review of the translations. I wish to thank Símplice Dako for his transcriptions of most the interviews and proofreading of the translations from the local languages into French. I would also like to thank Gabin Djimasse, mainly for the interviews in Abomey, and Marina Berthet.