The conflict in the Casamance region of southern Senegal has a personal interest to me.
The Casamance Conflict in Senegal
Free Mali book : The Meanings of Timbuktu
This book gives a lot more background not only to the manuscripts and African Arabic literature, but also to the scholars and the region and the context.
African-American emigrants to Liberia
www.liberianrepatriates.com offers intriguing possibilities as a teaching tool