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Abeokuta, Nigeria

Abeokuta, Nigeria  

Capital of Ogun State, in southwestern Nigeria.The Egba leader Sodeke founded Abeokuta around 1830 as a settlement for a group of refugees from the collapse of the Oyo Kingdom. ...
Adja

Adja  

Ethnic group of West Africa, also known as Aja.The Adja primarily inhabit southern Benin and Togo. They speak a Niger-Congo language. The western Adja belong to the Ewe cultural ...
African religion

African religion  

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No single religion corresponds to the term ‘African religion’, nor could it. The geography of Africa ranges from rain forests to uninhabitable deserts; its peoples are organized in many different ...
Ana

Ana  

Ethnic group of West Africa, also known as Atakpamé.The Ana primarily inhabit central Togo and neighboring regions of Benin. They speak a Niger-Congo language and are considered part of the Yoruba ...
Angélique Kidjo

Angélique Kidjo  

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1960–Beninese singer and bandleader.With music that blends African and Western influences, Angélique Kidjo has become a crossover star, winning worldwide popularity, as well as a role model for women ...
Bade

Bade  

Ethnic group of West Africa; also known as the Bede and the Bedde.The Bade primarily inhabit southeastern Burkina Faso, southwestern Niger, northwestern Nigeria, and northern Benin. They speak an ...
Bariba

Bariba  

Ethnic group of West Africa; also known as the Borgawa, the Bargu, and the Batonun.The Bariba primarily inhabit northern Benin, southeastern Burkina Faso, northeastern Nigeria, and northern Togo. ...
Bight of Benin

Bight of Benin  

Bay in West Africa that forms the western part of the Gulf of Guinea.The Bight of Benin extends from the mouth of the Volta River to the mouth of ...
Busa

Busa  

Ethnic group of Nigeria.The Busa, also known as the Busagwe and the Busanse, primarily inhabit northwestern Nigeria, although some live in northeastern Benin. They speak a Niger-Congo language and ...
Children's Work in Africa

Children's Work in Africa  

Throughout the world, ecology, culture, politics, and history shape what work is to be done, who performs it and how, and the social meanings ascribed to it, but gender and ...
Cold War and Africa

Cold War and Africa  

Ideological and political confrontation between the United States and the Communist Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR), which lasted from 1945–1989 and had major effects on African ...
Cotonou, Benin

Cotonou, Benin  

Largest city, main port, and de facto capital of the People’s Republic of Benin.The commercial and administrative center of Benin, Cotonou is located on the Nokwe Lagoon on the ...
Dahomey

Dahomey  

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A former kingdom in West Africa. In the 16th century the kingdom of Allada, with which the Portuguese had commercial relations, was founded. Two further kingdoms of Abomey and Adjatché (now Porto ...
Dance in Sub-Saharan Africa

Dance in Sub-Saharan Africa  

African dances are as varied and changing as the communities that create them. Although many types of African dance incorporate spirited, vigorous movement, there are others that are more reserved ...
Dendi

Dendi  

Ethnic group of West Africa; also known as Dandawa and Dandi.The Dendi primarily inhabit Benin, Niger, and Nigeria. They speak Songhai, a Nilo-Saharan language. Though they share cultural practices ...
Development in Africa: An Interpretation

Development in Africa: An Interpretation  

At the end of four decades of postwar development, the results are so varied that one is tempted to reject the common expression “Third World” when describing all the countries ...
Economic Community of West African States

Economic Community of West African States  

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(ECOWAS) An economic grouping constituted largely on the initiative of General Gowon at Lagos in 1975 by 15 West African countries, and later (1977) joined by Cape Verde. Its object was to provide a ...
Edo

Edo  

Ethnic group numbering more than a million, living mostly in southern Nigeria.The Edo people are one of the largest ethnic groups in Nigeria, though not nearly as dominant as ...
Ewe

Ewe  

Ethnic group of coastal West Africa, whose approximately four million members inhabit southeastern Ghana, southern Togo, and adjacent parts of Benin.The broad Ewe grouping comprises a number of ...
Fédération Panafricaine des Cinéastes

Fédération Panafricaine des Cinéastes  

Organization of African filmmakers.The Fédération Panafricaine des Cinéastes (FEPACI) is an association of African filmmakers, most of them from the Francophone, or French-speaking, nations of ...

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