22 Facts About West African


The population of West African Africa is estimated at about 419 million people as of 2021, and at 381,981,000 as of 2017, of which 189,672,000 are female and 192,309,000 male.

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Early history in West African Africa included a number of prominent regional powers, that dominated different parts of both the coast and internal trade networks, such as the Mali and Gao Empires.

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West African Africa sat the intersection of trade routes between Arab-dominated North Africa and specialized goods from further south on the continent, including gold, advanced iron-working, and products like ivory.

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West African Africa has a rich ecology, with strong biodiversity and several distinct regions.

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Since independence, many West African nations have been submerged under political instability, with notable civil wars in Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Liberia, and Ivory Coast, and a succession of military coups in Ghana and Burkina Faso.

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Economic Community of West African States, established in May 1975, has defined the region of West Africa since 1999 as including the following 15 states:.

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West African Africa is home to several baobab trees and other plant life.

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West African Africa is greatly affected by deforestation, and has one of worst deforestation rate.

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Northern section of West African Africa is composed of semi-arid terrain known as Sahel, a transitional zone between the Sahara and the West African Sudanian savanna.

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West African Africa is west of an imagined north–south axis lying close to 10° east longitude.

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Colonial boundaries are reflected in the modern boundaries between contemporary West African states, cutting across ethnic and cultural lines, often dividing single ethnic groups between two or more states.

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One of the goals of the Economic Community of West African States is the development of an integrated railroad network.

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Trans–West African Coastal Highway is a transnational highway project to link 12 West African coastal states, from Mauritania in the north-west of the region to Nigeria in the east, with feeder roads already existing to two landlocked countries, Mali and Burkina Faso.

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Economic Community of West African States consider its western end to be Nouakchott, Mauritania, or to be Dakar, Senegal, giving rise to these alternative names for the road:.

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Sixteen, the most important hub and entry point to West African Africa are Kotoka International Airport, and Murtala Muhammed International Airport, offering many international connections.

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West African Africa has made considerably improvement in the health outcomes of its populations, in spite of the challenges posed by pervasive poverty, epidemic diseases, and food insecurity.

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The major multi-sport event of West African Africa is the ECOWAS Games which commenced at the 2012 ECOWAS Games.

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Major football teams of West African Africa are Asante Kotoko SC and Accra Hearts of Oak SC of the Ghana Premier League, Enyimba International of the Nigerian Premier League and ASEC Mimosas of the Ligue 1.

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Traditional West African religions are the oldest belief systems among the populations of this region, and include Akan religion, Yoruba religion, Odinani-Igbo, and Serer religion.

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West African Christians are predominantly Roman Catholic or Anglican; some Evangelical churches have been established.

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The population of West African Africa is estimated at 419 million people as of 2021.

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Economic Community of West African States is a regional political and economic union of fifteen countries located in West Africa.

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