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West Africa is changing: five essential reads on breakaways from Ecowas

By Adejuwon Soyinka, Regional Editor West Africa
The Economic Community of West African States (Ecowas) has been in the news lately – mostly for the wrong reasons.

The bloc is facing its biggest crisis since it was formed in 1975. Three of its 15 countries – Niger, Burkina Faso and Mali – have broken away and formed an alternative grouping, the Alliance of Sahel States.

While Ecowas

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