Born into slavery and kept as a servant for 30 years, Haby Mint Rabah is now running for parliament in Mauritania to fight for freedom.
West Africa articles on Democracy Chronicles
West Africa is a core region of democratic progress in the world and also a region where many of the challenges to better and more widespread world democracy are evident. West Africa here will include 18 countries: Benin, Burkina Faso, the island nation of Cape Verde, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Ivory Coast, Liberia, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, the island of Saint Helena, Senegal, Sierra Leone, São Tomé and Príncipe and Togo. Nigerian content on DC is so extensive, it won't be automatically included here, just click the link above. Also check out our section on World Democracy.
Gambia’s police say the national police inspector general has resigned after two civilians were shot dead this week
France continues to be a major economic and political player in West Africa, especially in its former colonies
Sierra Leonean popstar has been a thorn in the side of successive governments over his 15-year career
Sierra Leone’s High Court ordered the electoral commission to halt preparations for March 27 presidential run-off
Sierra Leone has become one of the first countries to trial the use of blockchain technology during elections
S. Leone holds election with uncertainty over new movements vying to break the stranglehold of two parties
Guinea braced for a strike by unions and shutdown of economic activity demanded by the country’s opposition
Popular artist Ras Bath paints a picture of how he says Mali’s ruling class holds on to power and perks
President has been in power since 2005 and took over from his father, who ruled the country for 38 years.