West Africa

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an area of western Africa between the Sahara Desert and the Gulf of Guinea

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In his article titled 'Peace and Palaver: International Relations in Pre-Colonial West Afrika', Robert Smith (1973) seems adamant to prove that despite the unwritten nature of law in Afrika, and of many of the historical sources, there is abundant evidence of formal relations at the highest governmental levels between the different people's of West Afrika in the pre-colonial period, and that there is some evidence of the existence of an inter-states system (Smith, 1973:599).
Going forward, the narrative in Smith's article raises sceptism associated with the use of the noted terms such as Afrikan law or Afrikan customary law and considerations about some external influences on the practice of international relations in West Afrika. Direct reference is made here to the Islamic influence and then the West European influence.
(63) This concept is derived from the Adinkra of the Akan people of West Afrika. Transliterated in the Akan language as "se wo were fin a wosan kofa a yenki." Literally translated it means "it is not taboo to go back and fetch what you forgot".
In West Afrika, when we talk about matrilinear, that means the lineage comes down through the female part.
There were independent states in West Afrika, and greater independent states in inner West Afrika.
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