West Africa

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West Africa
geographic region, cultural region
Part ofAfrica Edit
ContinentAfrica Edit
Located in/on physical featureAfrica Edit
Coordinate location12°0′0″N 3°0′0″E Edit
Dey share bother plusNorth Africa, Central Africa, Atlantic Ocean Edit
Studied byWest African studies Edit
Category for mapsCategory:Maps of West Africa Edit

West Africa or Western Africa bi de westernmost region for Africa. De United Nations defines Western Africa as the 16 countries of Benin, Burkina Faso, Cape Verde, The Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Ivory Coast, Liberia, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, den Togo, as well as Saint Helena, Ascension den Tristan da Cunha (United Kingdom Overseas Territory).[1][2] De population for West Africa is estimated at 419 million meners as of 2021, and at 381,981,000 as of 2017, of which 189,672,000 were shoddies and 192,309,000 jigas.[3] De region be demographically[4] and economically[5] one of de fastest growing for the African continent.

Early history insyd West Africa dey include a number of prominent regional powers wey come dominate different parts of both de coastal den internal trade networks, such as de Mali den Gao Empires. West Africa dey at de intersection of trade routes between place wey Arab-dominate North Africa den further south on de continent, de source of specialized goods such as gold, advanced iron-working, den ivory. After European explorate dem come encounter rich local economies den kingdoms, de Atlantic slave trade wey dem build on already existing slave systems say dem go provide labor for demma colonies insyd de Americas. After de end of de slave trade insyd de early 19th century, European nations, especially France den Britain, continue dey exploit de region through colonial relationships. For example, dem dey continue dey export plenty of de extractive goods, wey edey include labor-intensive agricultural crops lyk cocoa den coffee, forestry products lyk tropical timber, den mineral resources lyk gold. Since independence, plenty West African countries, lyk Ivory Coast, Ghana, Nigeria den Senegal, come play important roles insyd de regional den global economies.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. http://millenniumindicators.un.org/unsd/methods/m49/m49regin.htm
  2. Paul R. Masson, Catherine Anne Pattillo, "Monetary union in West Africa (ECOWAS): is it desirable and how could it be achieved?" (Introduction). International Monetary Fund, 2001. ISBN 1-58906-014-8
  3. https://population.un.org/wpp/
  4. https://web.archive.org/web/20211030144214/http://west-africa-brief.org/content/en/west-african-population-1950-2050
  5. https://web.archive.org/web/20211030144214/http://www.west-africa-brief.org/content/en/uemoa-economies-are-projected-grow-66-2020