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Westernmost region of the African continent

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West Africa: Westernmost region of the African continent
West Africa or Western Africa is the westernmost region of Africa. The 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 and Togo, as well as the United Kingdom Overseas Territory of Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha. The population of West Africa is estimated at about 381 million people as of 2018, and at 381,981,000 as of 2017, of which 189,672,000 are female and 192,309,000 male.


Mory Kante, Guinea music star and 'baobab of culture', dies at 70 [Video]

Mory Kante, Guinea music star and 'baobab of culture', dies at 70

Kante revolutionised West African repertoire by going electric and blending traditional Mandingo with urban grooves.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:33Published

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