In southwest Nigeria, West Africa's only natural history museum serves as a world class facility for conservation of thousands of natural resources. Built in 1973 as part of the zoology department at Obafemi Awolowo University, Nigeria's Natural History Museum was left abandoned for over 30 years before it was renovated and reopened in 2011.
Erosion and tidal surges are threatening fishing communities in West Africa. As a result, many people are fleeing inland — losing their livelihoods. The sea has already encroached two meters into the country's interior.
Leaders of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) on Sunday (July 3) lifted economic and financial sanctions imposed on Mali, after its military rulers proposed a 24-month transition to democracy and published a new electoral law.
The sanctions have badly hit Mali, with its economy already under severe strain from military coups and a decade-long jihadist insurgency.
The ECOWAS bloc has suspended Burkina Faso after the army overthrew the president. Burkina Faso is the third member to face punishments from the bloc as a result of a military takeover in roughly 18 months.
West African nations will close their borders with Mali, sever diplomatic ties and impose tough economic sanctions in response to its delay in holding elections following a 2020 military coup, the 15-state regional bloc said on Sunday.
West African leaders have imposed punitive measures on Mali as the military stalls a return to civilian rule. The move comes as regional leaders met in Ghana to discuss the crisis.
23 Dec 2021
West African bloc ECOWAS said they hoped to have an election plan from Mali by the end of this year, after a meeting with the interim leaders. Mali's authorities had previously said elections could be delayed.
9 Nov 2021
Military leaders in Mali and Guinea are under pressure to follow a roadmap for elections after coups in recent years. The sanctions consist of travel bans and asset freezes.
25 Sep 2021
On a visit to Conakry following the 5 September putsch, Ghanaian President Nana Akufo-Addo and Ivorian President Alassane Ouattara say they had 'very frank' talks with the putschists' leader, Colonel Mamady Doumbouya. They were also able to meet with former President Alpha Condé, who is still being detained by the coup's plotters.
6 Jan 2021
Thekiso Rakolojane, West African Hub Head, SA tourism spoke exclusively to GuardianTV about travel and tourism in the COVID-19 era.
29 Apr 2020
Nigerian officials say US President Donald Trump has promised to send the West African nations ventilators to help it tackle the Nigeria Coronavirus .