The history of West Africa can be divided into five major periods: first, its prehistory, in which the first human settlers arrived, developed agriculture, and made contact with peoples to the north; the second, the Iron Age empires that consolidated both intra-African, and extra-African trade, and developed centralized states; third, Major polities flourished, which would undergo an extensive history of contact with non-Africans; fourth, the colonial period, in which Great Britain and France controlled nearly the whole of the region; fifth, the post-independence era, in which the current nations were formed.
West Africa (1917-2005) was a weekly news magazine that was published in London for over 80 years and closed in 2005.
It was first published on 3 February 1917 from offices in Fleet Street, with the commercial backing of Elder Dempster Shipping Line and the trading company John Holt. It was to appear weekly, at a price of sixpence per copy. Its first editorial explained its raison d'etre:
The magazine was intended as "an open forum for the discussion of every question involving the welfare of the peoples of West Africa.... It offers itself as a friend to every cause which holds out a prospect of advancing the position of West Africa as a prosperous and contented member of the Empire...".
Having begun as a source of news about events and issues in the British colonies of West Africa as well as a link between the colonial power and its administrators in the field, for 80 years West Africa magazine was considered a major source of information about the region.
In the mid-1960s is was the target of a successful takeover bid by Cecil Harmsworth King’s media empire. In 1978 it began to publish poetry and fiction by some of the continent's leading writers. The literary editor from 1978 was Robert Fraser, followed in 1981 by the Booker Prize–winning novelist Ben Okri. In 1993 a commemorative volume was published, entitled West Africa Over 75 Years: Selections from the Raw Material of History, edited by the magazine's then editor, Kaye Whiteman (1936-2014), and researched by Kole Omotoso, Ferdinand Dennis and Alfred Zack-Williams.
Responding to the unlawful killings of two people by armed separatists in the town of Guzang in the North-West region of Cameroon on 4 October, Amnesty International’s West and CentralAfricaDirector, Samira Daoud, said. ... People of the North-West region of Cameroon caught between the army, armed separatists and militias – Amnesty International.
The ECOWASBank for Investment and Development (EBID) has called for a deepening of democracy and good governance in the WestAfrica sub-region to attract more investment for accelerated development ... as well as achieve the sustainable development goals (SDGs) across West Africa.
... into a dependable organisation that has improved standards and extended its services to other parts of Africa ... Today, NIMET renders daily services to Sierra Leone and Liberia and is assisting many countries in West and Central Africa to develop their meteorology organisations.
But since early August, things have quietened as business has taken a nosedive due to disruption in the food supply chain across WestAfrica... That decision has stoked a brewing food crisis across West Africa ... The bulb-shaped vegetable is revered in West Africa, where many, including Ghanaians, use it as a staple in their cuisines.
James Owusu-Ansah, told THISDAY, “We hope that we can work to bring some hope to families, especially in WestAfrica which is devastated by the various challenges that come from them and help them find hope in daily decisions and choices because that would make them strong and together, we forge ahead with unity.”.
1 (Xinhua) -- The security situation in wider WestAfrica could worsen if the crisis in Niger is not resolved, the top UN envoy for the region said on Tuesday ... who also heads the UN Office for West Africa and the Sahel ... Niger crisis could worsen security situation in West Africa.
Ayobolu, Bello and Rahman like me are all alumni of the DailyTimes of Nigeria Plc, during its glorious years ...Yet another notable alumnus of the “Unilorin/Daily Times mafia” is Gbenga Ayeni who was then Nigeria Correspondent of the London-based *WestAfrica* magazine then owned by the Daily Times octopus.