This region is home to a population of 19.2 million.* The area has a rich diversity of cultures with hundreds of different languages but English as the primary official language. West Africa is plagued by political instability, poor governance, environmental degradation, disease and extreme poverty. These countries sit on the violence ridden “fault line” between Islam moving south into sub-Saharan Africa to take over Christianity. A large variety of ethnic religions are practiced with the majority claiming Islam and Christianity. However, many have combined these, and other world religions, with local religious practices such as animism.
*Source: Operation World