Religious diversity in West Africa

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Syllabus of the Subject: Islam and Christianity in West Africa. Muslim Business People.

1- Religious diversity in the region of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS): Islam and Christianity.

2- Case Study - Muslim Business People in West Africa:

  1. Alhaji Aliko Dangote
  2. Amina Odidi
  3. Tunde Folawiyo
  4. Hajia Bola Shagaya
  5. Adewale Tinubu
  6. Alhaji Muhammadu Indimi
  7. Olufemi Otedola
  8. Abdulsamad Rabiu

3- Case Study - Christian Business People in West Africa:

  1. Folorunsho Alakija
  2.  Mike Adenuga
  3. Orji Uzor Kalu
  4. Theophilus Yakubu Danjuma
The Subject (e-learning) “Religious diversity in West Africa” is part of the following Higher Education Programs (Bachelors, Masters, Doctorates) taught by EENI Business School & HA University:
  1. Course: West Africa
  2. Master's Degree (e-learning): International Business, Foreign Trade, Muslims Countries, Africa
  3. Doctorates: Religion and Business, Islamic Countries, Africa
  4. Bachelor's Degree in Inter-African Business

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Alhaji Aliko Dangote Nigerian Businessman

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Description of the Subject (Higher Education, e-learning): Religious diversity in West Africa:

The West African region (317 million inhabitants) consists of the following countries Benin, Burkina Faso, Cape Verde, Ivory Coast, the Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Liberia, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, and Togo.

There are two key economic institutions:

  1. Economic Community of West African States
  2. West African Economic and Monetary Union

The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Member States cover an area of 1.5 million square kilometres, accounting for 17% of the total area of Africa.

The largest countries are Niger (24.8%) and Mali (24.3%), while the smallest country is Cape Verde (0.1%).

Islam in the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) region (Africa)
Islam ECOWAS

Muslim Population in West Africa (ECOWAS countries):

Country
Niger
Senegal
Mali
Guinea
The Gambia
Sierra Leone
Burkina Faso
Nigeria
Guinea-Bissau
Ivory Coast
Benin
Togo
Ghana
TOTAL
Population (million)
11.6
11.1
12.3
9.5
1.6
6.0
13.9
128.8
1.4
17.3
7.4
5.7
21.1
247.8
% Population
96
95
94
92
90
65
65
50
50
40
24
20
16
54%
Muslims
11.189.700
10.570.490
11.554.037
8.710.437
1.433.930
3.911.468
9.051.453
64.385.994
708.014
6.919.216
1.790.406
1.136.304
3.364.776
134.726.225

As shown in this table Islam represents 54% of the population of West Africa, representing about 135 million Muslims, mostly Sunnis. No doubt, Nigeria is the great country to be considered from this point of view.

Unlike the Arab Maghreb Union, these two institutions (ECOWAS and WAEMU) are not homogeneous from a religious point of view. More or less the “religious forces” are part divided almost equally between Islam and Christianity, without forgetting the importance of African Traditional Religions always latent in these countries.

There are countries in the region in which Muslims are an almost absolute majority, while in others, are only a minority. In countries like Nigeria, the Northern states as in the state of Kano, Sharia is applied; while in countries such as Togo or Ghana, Islam represents only 20% of the population.

Adewale Tinubu Nigerian Businessman (Course)

Amina Odidi (Businesswoman, Nigeria)

Tunde Folawiyo Nigerian Businessman (Course)

Religions and International Business

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