Within these pages lies the product of the hard work of a community of scholars, both youth and elders. Some of the articles these scholars have produced are capstones to long projects, whereas others represent more speculative work meant to open up new spaces of study. Their work spans a multitude of scales—Northeastern Guinea, the Togolese-Ghanaian border, Asante, modern Ghana, and the Black Atlantic. To lay these diverse works next to each other in a single issue is one of the joys of being a member of the editorial team at the Journal of West African History. To put them into conversation with each other is the rather harder job undertaken by the editor assigned to write this editorial note.

The five articles in this issue certainly range across a great many topics and regions. In terms of chronology, they are concentrated in the relatively recent past, much like...

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