If the player is going for the Where the heart is achievement the first targets are 达格邦 and 奥约, they usually ally each other so both can be beaten in the same war. The player should fully annex Dagbon to open a western route of conquest and also take some Oyo's provinces in order to border with 努佩, that will be a future target.
The first war with Mali is the hardest one: the player should attack before 马里 has expanded too much, and maybe when it is engaged in another war. A good ally against Mali is 富洛, this nation doesn't exist at the start of the campaign but appears in 1470 in the provinces of Brakna, Tekrur, Galam and Tagant and has some cores on Mali and 马西纳.
If Dahomey wins against Mali, the rest of the campaign until 1500 will be a race against time. The player will need to feed Fetishist allies with Sunni lands and maybe take a vassal or two: 卡奈姆-博尔努 is the best one since it has some cores on 艾尔 and 伊奥 and can be fed with their lands, on the other hand Kanem Bornu is Sunni so the player has to manually force religion.
The player must pay attention to the possible conversion of 卡诺 to Islam.
To avoid too much AE the player should: hire the improve relations minister given by the nobility interaction, set the Estabilish Comunities trade policy in both trade nodes and take the Justified wars ability in the Age of Discovery tab.
If the player is struggling with rebels, they should increase autonomy on not-gold-producing provinces and hire the Theologian minister in the clergy interaction tab.
To avoid economic problems the player should develop gold provinces, hire the Inflation reduction minister from the Merchant Guilds and take the Improved war taxes age bonus for the Age of Discovery.
Since Dahomey starts without Feudalism the player must not spend Admin and Diplo points on technologies but keep up with MIL tech.