Beyond Francophonie? The Senegambia Confederation in Retrospect

  • Arnold Hughes
  • Janet Lewis
Part of the St Antony’s/Macmillan Series book series


The Senegambia confederation (1982–9) merits inclusion in a collection of studies of francophone Africa for two reasons. First, it provides the only example of a political union between an independent French and English-speaking African country. Earlier unions were either symbolic gestures — the Union of African States (Ghana-Guinea-Mali) — or the political amalgamation of colonial territories as part of the independence process, as with Cameroon and Somalia. The Senegambia Confederation constituted an important test case of the ability of countries created from different colonial systems to come together in a lasting political association. Secondly, it formed a bridge between the francophone and anglophone groupings in West Africa, the experience of which may have a useful bearing on the long-term evolution of the francophone bloc.


Foreign Policy Monetary Union Custom Union Security Force External Relation 
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  • Arnold Hughes
  • Janet Lewis

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