West African

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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 African - a group of languages spoken in the extreme western part of West Africa
Niger-Congo - a family of African language spoken in west Africa
Ful, Peul, Fula, Fulani - a family of languages of the Fulani of West Africa and used as a lingua franca in the sub-Saharan regions from Senegal to Chad; the best known of the West African languages
Serer - a West African language closely related to Fula; spoken primarily in Senegal and Gambia
Wolof - the West African language of the Wolof in Senegal; related to Fula
Adj.1.West African - of or relating to the countries or cultures or people of West Africa
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The following morning, at eleven o'clock, she presented herself at the offices of the Imperial and West African Rubber Company.
Charles saw them in, civil to the last, and in a moment the offices of the Imperial and West African Rubber Company faded away.
We should get to the Landing Stage in time to meet the WEST AFRICAN, and catch Mr.
The remainder of the journey was uneventful, and upon arrival at Liverpool they went aboard the WEST AFRICAN, which had just come to the landing-stage.
He drank it slowly, his eyes fixed upon the long row of bottles ranged upon the shelf opposite to him, he himself carried back upon a long wave of thoughts to a little West African station where the moist heat rose in fever mists and where an endless stream of men passed backward and forward to their tasks with wan, weary faces and slowly dragging limbs.
Further displacement of West African crude from the North American market may well push the prices of some of these barrels to parity or below Dated Brent, giving European refineries more room to maneuver in the face of very high North Sea crude prices.
Metaphor and the slave trade in West African literature.
The West African agreed to host a strong regional force, deployed by the Economic Community of West African States, known as Ecowas.
The West African regional bloc ECOWAS is calling for the creation of a national unity government in Mali in order to "take urgent steps to confront the terrorist peril in the north of the country."
One West African country, Ghana, scored 20 on individualism; a South African city, Johannesburg, scored 65 on the same index--a difference of 45 between the two groups.
25 January 2012 - UK-based West African Minerals Corp (LON:EML), a mining investor focused on West Africa, said on Wednesday it had sold its iron ore explorer Ferrum Centrafrique SA in the Central African Republic (CAR) to Canadian AXMIN Inc (CVE:AXM).
Asian buyers will step up monthly imports of West African crude oil by nearly 40 percent in January to around 1.75 million barrels per day (bpd), according to Reuters calculations, as some buyers switch from Iranian supplies.

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