Western Africa, Its history and Its peoples

Aug 2011
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Western Africa, as in all of Africa is rich in its plentiful cultures, languages and traditions. Western Africa has the greatest population of people and is primarily composed of The Bantu speaking people. Western Africa consists of Rain forests, grasslands and dessert so it is very diverse agriculturally as well. The largest of all the countries in west Africa is Nigeria which has a population of about 167,000,000 people. The history of west Africa, though much is unknown consists of the rise and fall of many kingdoms. The history also consists of skilled artisans, master sculptures, and outstanding wealth. As the rest of the world west Africa's history is very civilized. All cultures worship a God or Gods, they crown kings and queens, they have their own architecture (mainly mud and brick) and have their own languages. The Ejagham (my tribe) even has an established writing system (Nsibidi), which is shared by other cross river tribes like The Igbo and Ibibio tribes of Nigeria.



NOTE: Cameroon, though commonly confused is not part of West Africa but Central Africa.

West Africa is also known for its trade with Europe and other foreign countries. West Africa is blessed incredibly naturally and some of its countries like Ivory coast and Ghana contain gold. These countries were even nicknamed the Golden coast of Africa, just look at the name (Ivory Coast) ancient kings and queens of the regions adorned themselves in this magnificent jewelry, as they do today.



[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DX-Vmo3j5iM"]Lou Suzanne Nazou - Koudou Gbagbo - YouTube[/ame]

[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d5dtwg6A8ho"]IVOIR' RETRO - YouTube[/ame]

Nigeria due to its population if most known and in some ways most successful of West Africa's countries. It has its own established movie business (Nollywood) and is home to the worlds richest Black man (Aliko Dangote). The first black miss world was also Nigerian, the beautiful Agbani Darego who is of The Ijaw tribe of Nigeria.





Nigeria's History also consists of the Ife culture and Nok as well.

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These are a series of photos I will show you. These photos and videos show the traditional attire of the different people of the regions

Below is the Igbo of Nigeria.


Below is The senegalese.
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VFwhSti5E1c&feature=related"]Baaba Maal: Niiwa - YouTube[/ame]

Here is Mali
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZK3aYs6lgLc&feature=related"]Mali - Hawa Pullo - Pulaku - YouTube[/ame]

Here we see Benin.
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZYt8cyYGupk"]bini tribute - YouTube[/ame]



remember the benin are also an ethnic group inside Nigeria as well.

West Africa also consists of many growing cities.

[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eqLtVmnsfmc"]About Abuja Nigeria - YouTube[/ame]







West Africa is amazing you should plan a visit someday to appreciate, embrace and give attention to Africa's growing side.
If you are interested in seeing A Nigerian film based Historically see my next post.
 
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Frank81

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Feb 2010
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Western Africa is one of the main centres of civilization in the world, it history is fascinating.

In order to be accurate, most of western africans aren't bantus. The region is the craddle of an astounding number of languages (probably more than anywhere), most of them related between them, Bantu being only spoken in the southwestern corner of the region, in Cameroon and Nigeria. The other languages are very different among them, though they belong to the Niger-Congo macrofamily. Bantu is exceptional, because it experienced an astounding expansion across half of the continent.
 
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Interesting I'm Ghanaian mainly. My father is Ghanaian Ashanti tribe and my mother is Ashanti and Swedish. Upon seeing me i look mixed so most people wouldn't think I am Ghanaian. I consider myself Ghanaian because my father brings his kids around Ghanaian s more, my mother as well though she is Swedish, so im more affiliated with my Ashanti side and have actually been there many times. Ive been to sweden and the people there are nice too. Its funny when i tell them im part Swedish. Just to add my grandfather on my mothers side is Ashanti and my mothers mother is Swedish.
 
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Zeno

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Jan 2010
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I'd be interested to hear more about Dyola. I've lived with an Ivorian for a few years and picked up a little of the language, but can't find much about the history of it, and how it became such a widespread language in West Africa. I've learnt it originates from the Senegal/Gambia region.
Anybody could point me to a good history of the language and the people who speak it?
Ané sogoma if you do, and yafama if you don't!:)
 
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I'd be interested to hear more about Dyola. I've lived with an Ivorian for a few years and picked up a little of the language, but can't find much about the history of it, and how it became such a widespread language in West Africa. I've learnt it originates from the Senegal/Gambia region.
Anybody could point me to a good history of the language and the people who speak it?
Ané sogoma if you do, and yafama if you don't!:)
Dyula literally means "itinerant trader." That explains their presence in several countries. They also go by "Wangara," another reference to their role as expert traders since the times of Ancient Ghana. They pioneered the scholar-trader paradigm Timbuktu and Djenne were famous for, and were instrumental in spreading Islamic scholarship. Good luck finding a monograph in English though. There might be something in French, but I haven't found anything comprehensive in English.