West Africa occupies an area of 5 million square kilometres and lies on the western most region. It is bordered by the Sahara desert in the north and the Atlantic Ocean in the south and west.
The 16 countries which constitute West Africa include Benin, Burkina Faso, Ivory Coast, Cape Verde, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Liberia, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone and Togo. Most countries in West Africa were colonized by European heavyweights; Great Britain and France.
Despite, the close proximity of West African Countries, there is a significant diversity. Most countries in the region have English or French as their national language. Islam and Christianity are the major religions in West Africa while Football happens to be the most popular sport amongst its natives.
Itemized below are the West African Countries: List Of Countries In West Africa in no order.
1. Benin Republic
Benin is a Francophone country which is bordered by Burkina Faso and Niger on the north, Togo on the west and Nigeria on the east. Its capital is Port-Novo while its largest city which also doubles as its seat of government is Cotonou.
The republic of Benin was colonised by France but gained independence on the 1st of August, 1960. Her official language is French while other indigenous languages include Fon and Yoruba.
Benin’s population is approximated to stand at 9.05 million people. These people occupy a land area of 110,000 square kilometres.