A 19th-century engraving of a camel caravan arriving before the desert city of Timbuktu.
Try our Quick Quiz about Benin – known as Dahomey before 1975 and one of the most powerful kingdoms of pre-colonial West Africa.
Pop singer Madonna on a Republic of Benin 200 CFA franc stamp, circa 2002.
Cannon on the ramparts of Cape Coast Castle, Ghana.
The cradle of the Ashanti Empire and known to mediaeval European explorers as the Gold Coast, Ghana was the first country in Western Africa to achieve independence. But how much do you know about it?
Local people dyeing leather the ancient way in the Old City of Fez (Fez el Bali) in Morocco.