Western Africa

The nations of West Africa are producing some of the continent’s highest rates of growth as former colonized areas move toward democratic independence and higher standards of living. Nigeria has the most people of any country in Africa, with a 2009 population estimated at 149 million. It also has the continent’s second highest GDP of $165 billion (2009), behind only South Africa. Western Africa has become one of the world’s fastest growing oil and gas producing regions in the world, and it also is a source for valuable strategic minerals.