Top Choice Film in Ouagadougou

Fespaco

Going strong since 1969, this world-renowned biennial festival (held in odd-numbered years) sees African films competing for the prestigious Étalon d'Or de Yennenga – Fespaco's equivalent of the Oscars.
Music in Saint-Louis

Saint-Louis Jazz Festival

The most internationally renowned festival in West Africa is held annually in early or mid May and attracts jazz greats from around the world. The main event usually happens at the Quai des Arts or on an open-air st…
Marathon in Makeni

Sierra Leone Marathon

The annual Sierra Leone Marathon was set up in 2012. Runners follow a route through the villages and communities surrounding Makeni, raising funds for the charity Street Child (www.streetchild.co.uk). Over 100 inter…
Music in Praia

Atlantic Music Expo

Over four days in April, this big music bash always offers a good time, with a line-up of performers from Cabo Verde, Africa, Europe and beyond. There's also a good street market. It happens just before the big Krio…
Cultural in Oshogbo

Osun Festival

Thousands descend on Oshogbo in late August for this festival held in honour of the river goddess. Music, dancing and sacrifices form one of the centrepieces of the Yoruba cultural and spiritual year.
Cultural in Nigeria

Argungu Fishing and Cultural Festival

Around mid-February, the spectacular three-day festival in Argungu is held. Possibly the most interesting in the country, the festival has sadly been cancelled for the past few years due to politics.
Sports in Oussouye

Fête du Roi

One of the big events of the Casamance calendar features a night of wrestling matches held in September in the village of Oussouye.
Cultural in Foumban

Nguon tribal festival

A biennial week-long harvest festival which dates back around 600 years; Bamoun culture is celebrated with dance and masquerades.
Cultural in Nigeria

Tabaski

The Islamic festival of Tabaski, 69 days after Ramadan, features colourful processions of cavalry.
Music in The Gambia

Roots International Festival

Held biennially on even-numbered years, the one-week Roots International Festival (formerly the Roots Homecoming Festival) features concerts by Gambian and diaspora artists, as well as seminars and lectures, held in…