Anarchism, revolutionary syndicalism and anti-authoritarian movements in West Africa
In the 1990's, for the first time in living memory, anarchist groups began to appear in West
Africa. The Awareness League,
A Nigerian group which joined the IWA, was formed in the early nineties and went on to play an active part in the resistance
against the military rule. Recently they have established a radio station in South Eastern Nigeria. Reports reached the West from Sierra
Leone, about a branch of the IWW which had formed there and apparently had some impact in organising efforts before the military
coup, which may sadly have ended their functionning.
European anarchists also established contacts with syndicalists in Senegal. These are only tenuous beginnings, and given the
difficulty in communicating to the West from Africa, we know very little about these groups. Still, it is certain that they
represent a new and hopeful departure in West Africa. Furthermore, in recent years several anarchists from the West have visited
West Africa and met anarchists there, their accounts can hopefully help towards an understanding of the political and economic
reality of this part of the world.