Saturday, October 01, 2016


Guinea is an old name for the coast of West Africa along the Gulf of Guinea. The trade in ivory, gold, salt, pepper and slaves made the region wealthy with a number of kingdoms rising and falling. The cohesion of these kingdoms showed far greater resistance to European incursions and so deep colonisation was delayed until the late 19th century. Guinea-Conakry was formerly a French Colony and is predominantly Muslim (c. 85%) with 24 recognised ethnic groups. Guinea is a member of a number of international organisations including the African Union (AU), Organisation Internationale de la Francophone and the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC).

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