Colonial schools eroded national identity and pride; in Sierra Leone a new way of teaching had to be found.
The women’s army, regarded as superior to its male counterpart, last saw action at Cana on 4 November 1892.
The diaries of a young teacher reveal the complexities of racial tensions in the Gold Coast.
Turner Prize winner Lubaina Himid’s artworks fill in the gaps that history leaves behind.
In the mid-nineteenth century, writes Christopher Lloyd, a young naval surgeon from Orkney played an important part in West African exploration.
On November 17th, 1874, when Henry Morton Stanley marched away from Bagamoyo on what was to be his greatest exploring achievement, he was retracing his own steps of 1871 along the well-worn caravan route used by Burton and Speke in 1857; by Speke and Grant in 1860, and, writes C.E. Hamshere, many Arab traders before them.
The traditions of organized statehood in the countries of French West Africa stretch back for some fifteen centuries. During the past sixty years, writes Basil Davidson, French influence has greatly strengthened the feeling of federal community that inspires many of the newly evolving republics of the Western Sudan and the Guinea coast.
The Republic of Guinea has been the scene over the centuries of several attempts at state-building. Basil Davidson records how the memory of past achievements strongly influences West Africa today.
J.D. Hargreaves introduces a prophet of nationalism in the coastal countries of West Africa.
Michael Langley writes how, as early as 1620, an English traveller wrote an enthusiastic report on the wealth of the Gambia and its commercial possibilities.