West Africa

  • 26 Aug 2014

    The UN has cautioned against flight restrictions into and out of Ebola-affected countries in West Africa, saying limitations prevent the transport of critically-needed health workers and supplies.

  • 2 Feb 2014

    Archbishop S. Tilewa Johnson, Anglican primate of the Church of the Province of West Africa, has died of a suspected heart attack at the age of just 59.

  • 17 Dec 2012

    A West African states' court judgment is being hailed as a key moment in holding governments and companies to account for pollution.

  • 11 Apr 2011

    The humanitarian situation in Ivory Coast, where dictator Laurent Gbagbo has now been captured, has been worsening, say church leaders.

  • 25 Mar 2011

    The news is full of Libya. And it’s a frightening situation for everyone on the ground. But meanwhile, in Cote d’Ivoire, civil war has broken out.

  • 8 Jan 2011

    As I have observed in previous articles arising from my 2011 Ghana trip, economic and political life here is comparatively stable and prosperous, and there has been substantial growth over the past decade - but how benefits are assessed very much depends on perspective. Structurally, and in terms of levelling income and power distribution, things look much less rosy, for sure.

  • 5 Jan 2011

    The current government in Ghana has declared that it intends to make the West African nation a 'first world' country by 2020. That is clearly fanciful, but recent oil discoveries mean that huge amounts of money will undoubtedly be spent over the next ten years. The question is, what will this mean for the people of Ghana as a whole, and especially for those trying to escape poverty?

  • 5 Jan 2011

    At the beginning of the first volume of Selena Axelrod Winsnes' English translation of Danish sources on West African history, originally published from 1697 to 1822, there is a reproduction of the opening text from a slave ship captain's log. It records the commencing of a journey "In the Name of Jesus."

  • 4 Jan 2011

    New Year celebrations in Ghana have a markedly different feel to those you will have experienced in Scotland, Wales and England.

  • 31 Dec 2010

    With its many natural harbours and gold deposits, 58 of the 60 colonial forts built on the Guinea Coast of West Africa are situated in what is modern Ghana - the first former European (latterly British) colony to gain independence, in 1957.