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Abuja

Abuja  

Official capital of Nigeria.The town of Abuja was founded by the Hausa Zazzua dynasty and conquered by the Fulani during their early-eighteenth-century jihad (holy war). Abuja is also home ...
Alhaji Aminu Kano

Alhaji Aminu Kano  

1920–1983 Teacher and radical politician.Alhaji Aminu Kano was born in Kano, northern Nigeria, to a Fulani family of Islamic scholars. As a youth he studied Arabic and English as ...
Alhaji Sir Abubakar Tafawa Balewa

Alhaji Sir Abubakar Tafawa Balewa  

(1912–66)Nigerian statesman. He entered politics in 1946, and became a member of the Central Legislative Council in 1947. The first Prime Minister of the Federation of Nigeria, he retained his office ...
Bamiléké

Bamiléké  

A term commonly used to refer to several ethnic groups of Cameroon.The name Bamiléké comes from the phrase mba lekeo, or “the people who live over there,” which was ...
Bembeya Jazz

Bembeya Jazz  

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This group was formed in Beyla, Guinea, in 1961, under the patronage of President Sekou Toure, who was keen to foster indigenous musical expression, then under threat from the wholesale ...
Benin

Benin  

[Ge]A kingdom in southern Nigeria famous for bronze casting. Using the cire perdue technique, metalworkers cast human heads and relief plaques in a long series which stylistic analyses suggest lasted ...
Beti

Beti  

Ethnic group of Cameroon, considered by most anthropologists to be a subgroup of the Fang people.The Beti live primarily in central Cameroon. They probably migrated from the upper Nile ...
Bororo

Bororo  

Ethnic group of west Central Africa, also known as the Wodaabe.The Bororo primarily inhabit the Central African Republic, Cameroon, Niger, Nigeria, and Chad. They speak Fulani, a Niger-Congo language ...
Burkina Faso

Burkina Faso  

A landlocked country in West Africa surrounded by Mali, Niger, Benin, Togo, Ghana, and Côte d'Ivoire.Physical.Burkina Faso lies on a plateau, rising highest in the west and cut in the centre by the ...
Cameroon

Cameroon  

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Most people have seen little benefit from the exploitation of natural resourcesCameroon can be divided into four main regions. First, there is a coastal belt with mangrove forests and swamps that ...
Chad

Chad  

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Chad has had decades of civil war, and is still subject to many rebellions. Its future could be transformed by oilChad's territory forms a basin centred on Lake Chad on the western border. The ...
conservation

conservation  

The artificial control of ecological relationships in an environment in order to maintain a particular balance among the species present.
Dogon

Dogon  

Ethnic group of south-central Mali.According to oral tradition, the Dogon were originally members of the Keita, a Mande-speaking group from the headwaters of the Niger River who fled their ...
Early Kingdom of Kaabu

Early Kingdom of Kaabu  

Historical kingdom centered in northeastern Guinea-Bissau.Founded by Tiramakhan Traoré, a general of the Mali empire, the Mandinka kingdom of Kaabu ruled the area that is presently known as ...
Early Kingdom of Oyo

Early Kingdom of Oyo  

Precolonial West African state.Oyo was the most powerful of the Yoruba states during the peak of its power between roughly 1650 and 1750 c.e. Its capital, the town of ...
Fouta Djallon

Fouta Djallon  

Region of Guinea that functioned as an autonomous Islamic state during the nineteenth century.Now mainly a geographic reference to the central Guinean highlands, Fouta Djallon also refers to an ...
Gbaya

Gbaya  

Ethnic group of the western Central African Republic, eastern Cameroon, northern Republic of the Congo, and northwestern Democratic Republic of the Congo.The Gbaya, who speak a Niger-Congo language, ...
Griot

Griot  

[gree-oh]A kind of bard or itinerant minstrel found in western African societies, who usually sings of local legends, histories, genealogies, or heroic deeds.
Guinea

Guinea  

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A West African country with an Atlantic coast, bounded on the north by Senegal and Mali, on the east by Côte d'Ivoire, and on the south by Liberia and Sierra Leone.Physical.Inland from the marshy ...
Guinea-Bissau

Guinea-Bissau  

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A small tropical country on the coast of West Africa, bounded by Senegal on the north and Guinea on the south. Off-shore is the Bijagós archipelago with a score of inhabitable marshy ...

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