Following independence many Western African countries whose borders were determined by colonialists with little insight into ethnic differences, descended into civil war. In many areas discord persists.
The wild and diverse terrain includes semi desert, tropical rain forests and sandy, white and often deserted beaches. The mighty Niger River meanders through the land.
The music loving people of this area are a colorful lot with a vibrant culture. The people dress in richly embroidered clothes and share dishes which over the centuries have had a strong influence on Western flavours.