Course Business in West Africa

EENI- School of International Business

E-Learning Course E-Learning Course “Doing Business in West Africa (Nigeria, Senegal)”


Programme structure “Doing Business in West Africa”

Doing Business in West Africa

  1. West African Economic Area of the African Civilisation
  2. Integration in West Africa
  3. Doing Business in the West African countries (Benin, Burkina Faso, Cape Verde, the Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Ivory Coast, Liberia, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, and Togo)
  4. The Nigerian Businessperson
  5. Logistics in West Africa
      4.1 Trans-African Highways
      4.2 Largest West African ports
  6. Other regional institutions and agreements in West Africa
  7. Introduction to French and Portuguese
  8. Religious diversity in the region
  9. Business Plan for West African markets

Request Information Request for course information

Course learning materials in English (or French Afrique Ouest Spanish Africa Occidental Portuguese Africa Ocidental). The student has free access to the materials in these languages.

Download the syllabus of the course: “Doing Business in West Africa” (PDF)

We Trust in Africa

The main objective of the course “International Trade and Business in West Africa” is to provide an overview of the region's economy and business opportunities to

  1. Learn to do business in West Africa (Benin, Burkina Faso, Cape Verde, the Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Ivory Coast, Liberia, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, and Togo).
  2. Know business opportunities in West Africa.
  3. Analyse foreign trade and foreign direct investment (FDI) in the region
  4. Understand the importance of the ECOWAS (Economic Community of West African States), the WAEMU (West African Economic and Monetary Union) and the WAMZ (West African Monetary Zone)
  5. Explore the Free Trade Agreements (FTA) in West Africa.
  6. Know the largest ports and the Trans-African corridors in the region.
  7. Know the main West African Businessman
  8. Develop a business plan for the West African region.

Course intended for all those wanting to specialise in the West African markets.

U-EENI University
U-EENI University Project


  1. Credits of the course “Doing Business in West Africa”: 33 ECTS Credits/16.5 AC Credits
  2. Total Tuition Fees: 1.287 Euros.
  3. 20% discount for African students and 10% for students of the African Diaspora.
  4. Duration: 6 months

The course “Business in West Africa” is studied...

  1. Masters (e-learning): African Business, BRICS Countries (Nigeria), and Frontier Markets
  2. Doctorate in Business in Africa
  3. Doctorate Islamic Countries (countries included: Niger, Senegal, Mali, Guinea, Gambia, Sierra Leone, Burkina Faso, Nigeria, and Guinea-Bissau.)

Students who have taken this course (Doing Business in West Africa) can validate and register for this Master/Doctorate at EENI (School of International Business).

The course “International Trade and Business in West Africa” contains exercises (Business Plan) that are evaluated, which the student must work out and pass to obtain their respective “Diploma in Doing Business in West Africa” issued by EENI (School of International Business).

Methodology: e-learning/Distance Learning.

Area of Knowledge: Africa - Courses: Doing Business

Alhaji Aliko Dangote Nigerian Businessman

Master in International Business University Ouaga II (Burkina Faso) and EENI
Students Master in International Business (Burkina Faso)

Mamadou Camara Senegal Mamadou Camara (Fr) representative of EENI for Senegal, Mali, and Guinea.

Description Course “Doing Business in West Africa” - Syllabus:

1- Integration in West Africa.

The West African Economic Area of the African Civilisation (2 ECTS)

West African Economic Integration

  1. West African Economic and Monetary Union (WAEMU/UEMOA) (2 ECTS)
    1. West African Monetary Zone (WAMZ)
    2. Mano River Union (MRU)
  2. Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) (2 ECTS)
  3. Community of Sahel-Saharan States (CEN-SAD) (0.1 ECTS)
  4. Niger Basin Authority (NBA) (0.1 ECTS)
  5. Organisation for the Harmonisation of Business Law in Africa (OHADA) (1 ECTS)
  6. Organisation for the Development of the Senegal River (0.2 ECTS)

Religious diversity in West Africa

2- Doing Business in the West African countries.

  1. Doing Business in Benin (2 ECTS)
  2. Doing Business in Burkina Faso (1 ECTS)
  3. Doing Business in Cape Verde (0.5 ECTS)
  4. Doing Business in the Gambia (1 ECTS)
  5. Doing Business in Ghana (2 ECTS)
  6. Doing Business in Guinea (1 ECTS)
  7. Doing Business in Guinea-Bissau (0.5 ECTS)
  8. Doing Business in Ivory Coast (2 ECTS)
  9. Doing Business in Liberia (1 ECTS)
  10. Doing Business in Mali (1 ECTS)
  11. Doing Business in Niger (1 ECTS)
  12. Doing Business in Nigeria (3 ECTS)
  13. Doing Business in Senegal (2 ECTS)
  14. Doing Business in Sierra Leone (1 ECTS)
  15. Doing Business in Togo (1 ECTS)


3- Nigerian Businessman (0.6 ECTS).

  1. Alhaji Aliko Dangote: the richest men in Africa. Businessman and Philanthropist. Founder of the Dangote Group.
  2. Hajia Bola Shagaya: Nigerian Businesswoman, one of the richest women in Africa.
  3. Folorunsho Alakija: the richest Nigerian women.
  4. Theophilus Yakubu Danjuma: Businessman, ex-politics, and philanthropist.
  5. Dr. Mike Adenuga: the second richest in Nigeria, founder of Globacom.
  6. Jim Ovia: Banker, the third-richest Nigerian.
  7. Dr. Alhaji Muhammadu Indimi: founder of Oriental Energy Resources.
  8. Olufemi Otedola: founder of Forte Petroleum.
  9. Abdulsamad Rabiu: Nigerian Banker.
  10. Tara Fela-Durotoye: Businesswoman.
  11. Tunde Folawiyo: Businessman and Philanthropist.
  12. Folake Folarin-Coker: Nigerian fashion designer.
  13. Orji Uzor Kalu: CEO of SLOK Holding.
  14. Tony Elumelu: Director of the United Bank for Africa, Afro-capitalism.
  15. Adewale Tinubu: Founder of Oando Energy Resources.
  16. Adenike Ogunlesi: Businesswoman.
  17. Dr. Amina Odidi: Scientific and businesswoman

4- Logistics in West Africa (1.5 ECTS).

Trans-African Highways.

  1. Dakar-Lagos Corridor
  2. Cairo-Dakar Corridor
  3. Algiers-Lagos Corridor
  4. Trans-Sahelian Highway
  5. N’Djamena-Djibouti Corridor
  6. Lagos-Mombasa Corridor

The largest West African ports:

  1. Port of Dakar
  2. Port of Abidjan
  3. Port of Lagos
  4. Port of Lomé
  5. Port of Cotonou
  6. Port of Tema

5- Summary of West African historians and personalities.

  1. Ahmadou Hampaté Bá
  2. Cheikh Anta Diop
  3. Joseph Ki-Zerbo
  4. Pathé Diagne
  5. Boubou Hama
  6. Akin Mabogunje
  7. J. F. Ade Ajayi
  8. Wole Soyinka
  9. Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf
  10. Christophe Wondji
  11. Djibril Tamsir Niane
  12. Albert Adu Boahen
  13. Leopold Sédar Senghor

6- Summary of other regional institutions and agreements in West Africa.

  1. Generalised System of Preferences (GSP)
  2. Cotonou Agreement
  3. African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA)
  4. Forum Africa-China
  5. Forum Africa-India
  6. New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD)
  7. African Development Bank
  8. Economic Commission for Africa (ECA)
  9. African Union (AU)
  10. Islamic Development Bank
  11. Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC)

7- Introduction to French and Portuguese.

8- Business Plan for the West African markets (export, import, implementation)

The course “Business in West Africa” includes the Market Access Tool:
West African Market

Abdoul Karim Ouandaogo (EENI Alumni)
Ouandaogo Abdoul Karim (Student of the Master University of Ouagadougou & EENI) winner of one WAEMU regional award.

African Students (EENI):
EENI African Students

Samples - Course Business in West Africa

West African Economic Monetary Union (WAEMU)

ECOWAS Economic Community of West African States

Doing Business in Senegal

Trans-Sahelian Highway (Dakar-N’Djamena Corridor)

Folorunsho Alakija Nigerian Businesswoman

Doing Business in Ivory Coast

Hajia Bola Shagaya Nigerian Businesswoman

Doing Business in Togo

West African Monetary Zone (WAMZ)

Port of Dakar (Senegal)

Dakar-Lagos Trans-African Corridor

Doing Business in Niger

Common Market (West African Economic and Monetary Union)

Port of Lomé (Togo)

Niger Basin Authority

Doing Business in Burkina Faso

Port of Abidjan (Ivory Coast)

U-EENI University