West Africa

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West Africa

A region of western Africa between the Sahara Desert and the Gulf of Guinea. In the 1950s and 1960s most of the countries in this area achieved independence from colonial powers.

West African adj. & n.
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Noun1.West Africa - an area of western Africa between the Sahara Desert and the Gulf of Guinea
British West Africa - the former British territories of western Africa, including Nigeria, Cameroon, Gambia, Togo, Sierra Leone, and the Gold Coast
Africa - the second largest continent; located to the south of Europe and bordered to the west by the South Atlantic and to the east by the Indian Ocean
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