The Great Mosque of Djenné, in Mali, has a history dating back to the 13th century which can inspire regional trade in West Africa.
West Africa has lessons to learn from its ancient empires and colonial governments on regional trade and integration.
A cocoa farmer among the trees he nurtures to shade his cocoa farm.
A bold new commitment from the cocoa and chocolate industry to end deforestation is welcome. But we must avoid blaming the farmers.
Some Cameroonians don’t believe Anglophone regions need an independent state of their own.
Anglophones have long complained that their language and culture are marginalised. They say if this doesn't change, they must be granted independence.
Guinea coup leader Moussa Dadis Camara speaks to the media in 2009.
A well-trained military is crucial to a functioning civil democracy, but it can be a liability too.
Lassa fever in several Nigerian states is being spread by rats.
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Lassa outbreaks are becoming more widespread in Nigeria but have not been given national emergency status like Ebola.
Histories of the North Atlantic have had a preponderant influence on scholarship about race. But, for scholars in the humanities and social sciences who study southern Africa, this is changing.
The mudslide killed nearly 500 people.
Foreign aid can harm as well as help.
The hillside near Regent, outside Freetown, hit by a mudslide.
Mass graves are being dug for hundreds of those killed in a nation once more gripped by grief.
Leader of Fulani herdsmen Haruna Usman pictured by Reuters in 2014.
Attacks by Fulani herdsmen on communities in West Africa are increasing in number and in sophistication. Regional and national authorities must respond promptly to arrest the threat.
West African leaders have nursed the idea of a common currency for the sub-region since the turn of the century. But conditions for member countries to make this happen appear unattainable.
Cold War, dictators and cover-ups – Ebola's secret history.
Alexis Sanchez celebrates Arsenal beating Chelsea in the 2017 FA Cup final.
World soccer is the story of hyper-capitalism. What would fan and revolutionary thinker Frantz Fanon have thought about the state of the sport?
Afrocentric history emerged strongly during the post-colonial 1960s.
A global approach to African history complements the radical post-colonial histories, while also asserting the role of the continent in the world's global pasts and present.
The Internet of Things offers great opportunities for Africa.
The new Internet of Things has the potential to compensate for Africa's legacies of underdevelopment.
Recently, the Sahel has been in the global spotlight due to famines, religious terrorism, anti-state rebellions, and arms, drugs and human trafficking.
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The Sahel region of Africa is a 3,860-kilometre arc-like land mass lying to the immediate south of the Sahara Desert and stretching east-west across the breadth of the African continent. A largely semi-arid…
Newly recognised genetic populations carry their evolutionary history with them, and the history of their habits. This is why detecting new species is so important.
The IMF was blamed after the 2014 Ebola crisis for contributing to the failure of West African health systems to develop.
West African health systems were weak before the IMF got involved. Sadly, the policy reforms demanded by the IMF in exchange for loans have undermined governments' ability to repair these problems.
Rejoicing in Banjul, January 2017.
The end of Yahya Jammeh should be celebrated, but his democratic neighbours had the strongest of hands to play.
Can some people's immune systems defeat Ebola virus before it has a chance to cause disease?
Jamestown in Accra, Ghana, is home to many migrants from other parts of the country.
Vast numbers of people who migrate in search of a better life end up living in marginal conditions that put their health at risk. But individual lifestyle is also an important factor.