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.
In fact, hundreds of thousands of students’ results are frequently being withheld or cancelled by different examination bodies in WestAfrica as a result of their involvement in various forms of examination malpractices ...The state of facilities in most public schools across West Africa is worrisome.
SouthAfrica’s Ambassador to Russia Mzuvukile Maqetuka commented on the Israel-Hamas hostilities and Russia’s grain deliveries to Africa in an exclusive interview to RT on Monday ... According to Maqetuka, South Africa has always maintained good relationships with both Israel and Palestine.
The office was inaugurated during the chamber’s ‘New Horizons’ trade mission to WestAfrica, which saw a delegation of 15 Dubai-based companies participate in specially arranged business forums in Nigeria and Côte d’Ivoire to learn more about the local business landscapes and explore partnership opportunities.
Impala Platinum on Tuesday temporarily halted operations at its Rustenburg mining complex in SouthAfrica after 11 workers died and 75 were injured in what the CEO said was "the darkest day" in the company's history ... All mining operations at the Rustenburg complex in South Africa's NorthWest province were suspended on Tuesday.
... might and geographic position as a gateway between the East and the West, and the diversity, scale, and untapped human capital of Africa's markets, there is every reason to work together to achieve our common goals of bringing about sustainable and rapid economic prosperity.”.
Over 1,500 people attended the event on the Temple grounds, and thousands viewed the programme throughout WestAfrica on-line via YouTube and Facebook ...Hinckley visited Ghana and announced that a temple – the first in West Africa – would be built in Accra.
Gen Abdourahmane Tchiani has since declared himself the new head of state ...Following the coup in the summer, the EU suspended all security co-operation with the landlocked country in WestAfrica ... It is not yet clear how the European bloc will respond to what is a huge blow to its strategy for managing migration flows from Africa ... ... .
Over the years, experts and analysts criticised the law, among other things, as an overbearing influence of the West on Africa, and civil society organisations pushed for the Economic Community of West AfricanStates (ECOWAS) court to declare it illegal ... the West African country.