List of West African Countries and Capitals

List of West African countries and capitals.

There are 16 countries in West Africa with a total population of over 360 million. For a complete overview, we compiled a list of West African countries and capitals. The list also shows the currencies and presidents of the sixteen West African nations.

List of West African Countries and Capitals

Country NameCapitalPopulation (in M)CurrencyPresident (as of October 2019)
BeninPorto-Novo10.9West African CFA FrancPatrice Talon
Burkina FasoOuagadougou18.7West African CFA FrancRoch Marc Christian Kaboré
Cape VerdePraia0.5Cape Verdean EscudoJorge Carlos Fonseca
GambiaBanjul2,0DalasiAdama Barrow
GhanaAccra28.2Ghanaian CediNana Akufo-Addo
GuineaConakry12.4Guinean FrancAlpha Condé
Guinea-BissauBissau1.8West African CFA FrancJosé Mário Vaz
Ivory CoastYamoussoukro23.7West African CFA FrancAlassane Ouattara
LiberiaMonrovia4.6Liberian Dollar / US DollarGeorge Weah
MaliBamako18,0West African CFA FrancIbrahim Boubacar Keïta
MauretaniaNouakchott4.3Mauritanian OuguiyaMohamed Ould Ghazouani
NigerNiamey20.7West African CFA FrancMahamadou Issoufou
NigeriaAbuja186,0Nigerian NairaMuhammadu Buhari
SenegalDakar15,0West African CFA FrancMacky Sall
Sierra LeoneFreetown7.4Sierra Leonean LeoneJulius Maada Bio
TogoLomé7.6West African CFA FrancFaure Gnassingbé

The list of West African countries and their currencies shows that eight of 16 countries in West Africa use the West African CFA Franc as their official currency. In fact, the CFA was introduced as a common currency to the former French colonies in 1945. And even after gaining independence, the CFA remained in use by in most countries.

Furthermore, the list shows that Nigeria is the most populous West African nation with nearly 190 million inhabitants. Click here for a full population ranking of all African countries.

West African Countries Map

West African Countries Map - List of West African Countries and Capitals
The UN subregion West Africa does not include Western Sahara, Morocco, Algeria and Tunisia. Presently, these countries form a separate region called Magreb.

Check out this fun Africa map quiz and identify African countries on a blank map. Or test your knowledge in our African capitals quiz.

So far, I’ve visited six of the sixteen countries in West Africa:

I can’t wait to go back and visit the remaining ten nations. Apart from Mali, Niger, Mauritania and Nigeria, most West African countries and their capitals are relatively safe to travel to. Click here for a full safety ranking of all African countries.

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List of West African Countries and Capitals

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