West African leaders pledge $1 billion to fight jihadists
The leaders of West African nations have announced a plan to combat the growing problem of Islamist violence in the region. Jihadist groups have strengthened their presence across the arid Sahel region this year.
Final tribute held for DJ Arafat, the 'King of Coupe Decale' dance music
Thousands of fans of DJ Arafat, the king of 'Coupè Dècalè' dance music that is hugely popular in Ivory Coast and West Africa, gathered on Friday to pay tribute to him in a stadium in Abidjan on the eve of his funeral.
Nigerians disagree over legacy of a 19th century Fulani Muslim ruler
In Sokoto, an old city in northern Nigeria, Usmane Dan Fodio's tomb attracts pilgrims from all over West Africa. For many Muslims, this scholarly and reformist Fulani is considered a saint. In 1808, he established the Caliphate of Sokoto, an Islamic state that extended from Burkina Faso to Cameroon.
West African nation Islamic Republic of Mauritania heads to the polls
It's the first time voters are electing a successor to a democratically elected president in the West African state, whose history has been strewn with military coups. A former general is heavily tipped to win the vote.
Unpacking AfDB's integration strategy for West Africa
In a bid to boost economic integration in West Africa, the African Development Bank recently approved $70 million for the Ebonyi ring road project. Ebrima Faal, Senior Director for Nigeria at AfDB joined CNBC Africa’s Esther Awoniyi to discuss this and more.
Lagos: world's largest oil refinery project backed by World Bank
West Africa correspondent Fanny Facsar talks to DW about the world's largest refinery project in Lagos, Nigeria. Behind it is Africa's wealthiest man, Aliko Dangote. But the World Bank is also supporting it - despite pledging to heavily reduce investment in fossil fuel projects.
Wife stealing festival
You can steal someone's wife in a part of the West Africa nation of Niger. Wife stealing is widely accepted by the people of the Wodaabe tribe, a small subgroup of the ethnic group in the country.
Cutting chemical fertilizers in Ivory Coast
Ivory Coast is the largest agricultural producer in West Africa - and most farmers use chemical fertilizers. But an eco-friendly business based in the capital Abidjan has found success producing organic alternatives.
Nigeria's Third Mainland Bridge
The Third Mainland Bridge is the longest of three bridges connecting Lagos Island to the mainland in Nigeria. It was the longest bridge in Africa until 1996 when the 6th October Bridge in Cairo was completed. But it remains the longest in West Africa.
Stanbic IBTC’s Nigeria headline PMI at 54.4 in October
Stanbic IBTC reading puts Nigeria’s headline PMI at 54.4 in October to signal a further improvement in the health of the Nigerian private sector. Gbolahan Taiwo, Regional Economist, West Africa at Stanbic IBTC joins CNBC Africa to discuss the details.