One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A former federation of French territories in northwestern Africa (1895–1959). Its constituent territories were Senegal, Mauritania, French Sudan (now Mali), Upper Volta (now Burkina Faso), Niger, French Guinea (now Guinea), Côte d'Ivoire (Ivory Coast), and Dahomey (now Benin).
French West Africa/ˈˌfrenCH ˌwest ˈafrəkə/
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