Zomahoun Idossou Rufin (born June 15, 1964), popularly known as Zomahon (ゾマホン), is a Beninese foreign personality (gaijin tarento and diplomat) in Japan. He is currently the Ambassador of the Republic of Benin to Japan and the former Special Advisor of the President of the Republic of Benin Thomas Boni Yayi. In 2008, he participated in a few episodes (403-406) of Ainori reality show, when the traveling group arrived in Benin. In December 2011, the Cabinet of Benin accredited him as Ambassador to Japan.

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  • Zomahoun Idossou Rufin (born June 15, 1964), popularly known as Zomahon (ゾマホン), is a Beninese foreign personality (gaijin tarento and diplomat) in Japan. He is currently the Ambassador of the Republic of Benin to Japan and the former Special Advisor of the President of the Republic of Benin Thomas Boni Yayi. Zomahoun was born in Dassa-Zoumé, Dahomey (the old name of Benin until 1975). He attended National University of Benin and Beijing Language and Culture University in Beijing, China. Until 2006, he was a student at Sophia University in Tokyo, where his coursework completed without a degree of Ph.D. in sociology. He can speak Yoruba, Fon, French, English, Mandarin, and Japanese. In 1998, Zomahoun was "discovered" by a TBS executive and became a cast member on the TV show Koko ga Hen da yo Nihonjin. In a pool of 100 foreigners voicing their displeasure about certain aspects of Japanese society, he was usually picked due to his hyperactive Japanese speech, causing him to trip over his words and prompting the celebrity panel to yell at him to speak more slowly. He was one of the show's leading stars until its end in 2002. With the help of host Takeshi Kitano, Zomahoun built four schools in Benin, two of which are named after Kitano (Takeshi Elementary School and Takeshi Japanese School). Additionally, he won a People's Honor Award in Benin in 2002. In 2008, he participated in a few episodes (403-406) of Ainori reality show, when the traveling group arrived in Benin. In December 2011, the Cabinet of Benin accredited him as Ambassador to Japan. (en)
  • ゾマホン・イドゥス・ルフィン(Zomahoun Idossou Rufin、1964年6月15日 - )は、西アフリカ・ベナン共和国出身の駐日ベナン国大使、タレント。 TBS系列のバラエティ番組「ここがヘンだよ日本人」で所謂外国人タレントとして日本でその名を知られるようになり、大使になるまではオフィス北野に所属し、タレント活動をしていた。21世紀になってからはNPO法人の設立および運営、ベナン共和国第4代大統領ヤイ・ボニのアジア・オセアニア関連大統領特別顧問、駐日特命全権大使を兼務している。 幼少時にカトリックの洗礼を受けているカトリック信者(クリスチャン)でもあり、本名のルフィンは洗礼名である。 (ja)
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  • ゾマホン・イドゥス・ルフィン(Zomahoun Idossou Rufin、1964年6月15日 - )は、西アフリカ・ベナン共和国出身の駐日ベナン国大使、タレント。 TBS系列のバラエティ番組「ここがヘンだよ日本人」で所謂外国人タレントとして日本でその名を知られるようになり、大使になるまではオフィス北野に所属し、タレント活動をしていた。21世紀になってからはNPO法人の設立および運営、ベナン共和国第4代大統領ヤイ・ボニのアジア・オセアニア関連大統領特別顧問、駐日特命全権大使を兼務している。 幼少時にカトリックの洗礼を受けているカトリック信者(クリスチャン)でもあり、本名のルフィンは洗礼名である。 (ja)
  • Zomahoun Idossou Rufin (born June 15, 1964), popularly known as Zomahon (ゾマホン), is a Beninese foreign personality (gaijin tarento and diplomat) in Japan. He is currently the Ambassador of the Republic of Benin to Japan and the former Special Advisor of the President of the Republic of Benin Thomas Boni Yayi. In 2008, he participated in a few episodes (403-406) of Ainori reality show, when the traveling group arrived in Benin. In December 2011, the Cabinet of Benin accredited him as Ambassador to Japan. (en)
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