Located in the Western part of Africa and named after the Guinea region, Guinea was formerly known as French Guinea.
A sovereign state with a population of approximately 12.4 million people, the country is sometimes called Guinea-Conakry to distinguish it from other countries such as Guinea-Bissau and Equatorial Guinea.
It practices a Unitary Presidential Republican system of government with the president directly elected by the people – his position is both head of state and head of government.
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This country is largely dependent on bauxite, despite its rich deposits in diamond and gold. The west-coastal nation controversially sat at the core of the 2014 Ebola outbreak. Guinea is predominantly an Islamic country, with 85 percent of its population practicing Islam.
Face2Face Africa commemorates its independence with 5 famous people you didn’t know are from Guinea.