West African Migration to Australia

An Immigration Discovery Centre Reference Sheet

The Immigration Discovery Centre has a variety of resources relating to West African culture and migration to Australia.

On 6 March 2010, the Immigration Museum celebrated Victoria’s West African community with the West African festival. The event showcased music, food, history and culture of the region and was attended by almost 800 enthusiatic visitors.

he Immigration Museum came alive with the beat of West Africa in March 2011. he Immigration Museum came alive with the beat of West Africa in March 2011.
Image: Ben Healley
Source: Museum Victoria

West Africa encompasses the regions of Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Côte d’Ivoire, the Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Liberia, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Togo and the Western Sahara. The region is bordered by the Sahara desert in the north and the Atlantic Ocean in the in the west and southwest. It contains variety of cultures, languages and traditions that span contemporary national borders.

To assist people with research into West African-Australian history, culture and Immigration to Australia the following list of print and electronic resources has been prepared by the Immigration Discovery Centre.

Immigration Discovery Centre reference collections

Resources relating to West African culture and the West African community in Australia can be found in the Immigration Discovery Centre library. The library houses a diverse reference collection with a focus on migration, cultural diversity and Australian ethno-history.

West African migration to Australia

West African resource folder (available in the Immigration Discovery Centre)

Okai, Ben 'West Africans' and Jupp, James, 'Africans' in Jupp, James. The Australian People. Cambridge University Press, 2001, pp.165 and 745.
Call number: 994 A938PE

West African culture and history

Bojang, Ali Brownlie Nigeria. Wayland, 2010.

Bridges, RC (ed), Senegambia: proceedings of a colloquium at the University of Aberdeen, April 1974. Aberdeen University African Studies Group. 1974
Call number: 966.305.S475

Essang, Raymond, Principles of cooking in West Africa. Author House, 2006.
Call number: 394.120966 e78

Jesuit Social Services, A is for Aunty and Z is for Zigni: an alphabet book of African Stories. Jesuit Social Services, 2010.

McNamara, Francis Terry, France in black Africa. National Defense University Press, 1989.
Call number: 966.0917541 M169

Mitchell, Peter, Peoples & cultures of Africa: West Africa. Chelsea House, 2006.
Call number: 966 P419

Onyefulu, Ifeoma, Ikenna goes to Nigeria. Francis Lincoln, 2009.

Ruiz, Hiram A, Uprooted Liberians: casualties of a brutal war. US Committee for Refugees, 1992.
Call number: 325.21096662 R934

Stone, Ruth M, Music in West Africa: experiencing music, expressing culture. Oxford University Press, 2005.
Call number: 780.966 S879

Online articles and other resources

West African communities in Australia

Department of Immigration & Citizenship: Liberian community profile

Department of Immigration & Citizenship: Nigeria-born community information summary

Department of Immigration & Citizenship: Sierra Leonean community profile

Department of Immigration & Citizenship: Togolese community profile

Migration between Africa and Australia: a demographic perspective by Prof Graeme Hugo

African Australians: A report on human rights and social inclusion issues by Australian Human Rights Commission

Personal Stories

Fighting for equality: Ghanaian migrant Francis Acquah

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