Collecting postage stamps from West Africa

Collecting postage stamps from West Africa provides a fascinating look into the rich and diverse cultures, histories, and landscapes of this vibrant region. West Africa, with its mix of former British, French, Portuguese, and other colonies, has a wide array of stamps that reflect its colonial past and post-independence developments. Below in the list you will find a country or region of your choice based on geographical division (Michel’s stamp catalogue)


Postage stamps from Benin (Dahomy)

The region became a French colony in the late 19th century and gained independence in 1960. The country was initially known as Dahomey before being renamed Benin in 1975.

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Postage stamps from Burkina Faso (Upper Volta)

Burkina Faso, known as Upper Volta during the colonial period, was a French colony until it gained independence on August 5, 1960.

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Postage stamps from Ivory Coast

Ivory Coast was a French colony until it gained independence on August 7, 1960.

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Postage stamps from French West Africa

Prior to the establishment of the federation, each colony issued its own stamps, often featuring French colonial administrators, local scenery, and indigenous wildlife.

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Postage stamps from Gambia

Gambia was a British colony from the late 19th century until it gained independence on February 18, 1965.

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Postage stamps from Ghana

Ghana was a British colony known as the Gold Coast until it gained independence on March 6, 1957, becoming the first African country to do so

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Postage stamps from Guinea

Guinea was a French colony known as French Guinea until it gained independence on October 2, 1958

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Postage stamps from Guinea Bissau

Guinea-Bissau, located on the west coast of Africa, was formerly known as Portuguese Guinea until it gained independence from Portugal on September 24, 1973.

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Postage stamps from Cameroon

 


Postage stamps from Cape Verde

Cape Verde was a Portuguese colony until it gained independence on July 5, 1975.

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Postage stamps from Liberia


Postage stamps from Mali


Postage stamps from Mauritania


Postage stamps from Niger


Postage stamps from Nigeria


Postage stamps from Niger


Postage stamps from Sierra Leone


Postage stamps from Togo