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.
This is how one can imagine Ahmed A.’s business ... within hours, an amount deposited in Europe is paid out in WestAfrica – without the cash actually having moved ... He specialises in illegal money transfers from Europe to West Africa and vice versa ... One major player, in particular, is expanding its influence in West Africa and beyond.
A memorandum of understanding between the two parties was signed during the ongoing AfricaProsperityDialogue in Accra, the capital of Ghana... The signing of the agreement coincided with the simultaneous rebranding of the company as Trademark Africa from the previous Trademark East Africa and the opening of its WestAfrican business.
He stated that the awards not only justify the positive impact the multi-billion-dollar business ecosystem will bring on the economic and social life of the people of Nigeria but also the entire WestAfrica, especially with the completion of Lekki Port which is poised to position Nigeria as a regional maritime hub.
“Not only is Ghana the best place for doing business in WestAfrica, but she is also the preferred destination for a perfect blend of mineral resource potential, stable regulatory environment, favourable fiscal regime, and socially responsive mining in Africa.”.
“At the tip of the spear in the new structure, Bayo Adedeji will be at the forefront of expanding the business in Africa (beginning with West Africa) and then exporting the Wakanow excellence into other regions of the world.
... which has more than 5,000 books covering a wide array of fields, from culture and education to literature, cooking and business ... Logos Hope had a very busy year in 2022, when it toured WestAfrica with a stopover in Ghana, Liberia and Sierra Leone, before sailing up to Europe.
Prior to heading to Ethiopia, Manoj led Emirates’ operations in WestAfrica, where he oversaw overall management, control and administration of the airline’s assets and fiscal and marketing policies ...East and Central Africa regions and Manager Kenya, Middle East and Gulf.