14 Facts About Western Africa


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

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

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Geopolitically, the United Nations definition of subregion Western Africa includes the preceding states with the addition of Mauritania, comprising an area of approximately 6.

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

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

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

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

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

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West Western 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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Jollof rice—originally from the Kingdom of Jolof but has spread to the Wolofs of Gambia—is enjoyed in many Western nations, as well; Mafe from Mali —a peanut-butter stew served with rice; Akara from Nigeria is a favorite breakfast for Gambians and Senegalese, as well as a favorite side snack or side dish in Brazil and the Caribbean just as it is in West Africa.

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

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Major football teams of West Western 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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