Benin: Soldiers shoot at protesters in post-election unrest
Footage of the demonstrations shows security services firing their guns and water cannons at crowds. Activists have warned of deteriorating freedoms in the long-stable West African nation.
Unemployment crisis in Nigeria identified as cause of violence and instability
The world's centre of poverty - the West African country of Nigeria has borne this sad title since last year. Despite enormous oil reserves, 87 million Nigerians, almost half the population, live in poverty.
Separatist violence grips Anglophone Western Cameroon
Insurgents in English-speaking regions of western Cameroon have launched a series of attacks on security forces. Calls for Anglophone autonomy in the West African country have escalated since the government cracked down on a protest movement.
Sunjata Keita, the founder of the Mali Empire
West African storytellers still sing the praises of Sunjata Keita today. Crippled as a child, he overcame his disability to unify the fragmented kingdoms of the region, creating the vast medieval Mali Empire.
Sierra Leone court gives green light for elections
The West African nation’s presidential run-off can go ahead as planned. The vote was delayed after the ruling party filed suit, claiming that the opposition had engaged in fraud during the first round earlier this month.
People of Sierra Leone set to go to polls, finally
From civil war to Ebola to a deadly landslide, the people of the West African nation of Sierra Leone have been through a lot. Now, after a delayed election date, voters in the struggling democracy are set to vote, and turnout is expected to be high.
U.S. lawmakers demand answers on Niger operation
U.S. senators said on Sunday the White House has not been forthcoming with details about the military's presence in Niger after the deaths of four soldiers there earlier this month and they want more answers on U.S. operations in the West African country.