Drew Hinshaw West Africa correspondent

Ivory Coast chaos aside, West Africa is normally a much more appealing place -- vibrant, changing, maybe even booming -- and Drew Hinshaw covers its quirks, foibles, and possibilities for West Africa Rising, at the Christian Science Monitor's Africa Monitor. A former Fulbright scholar to Ghana and Bloomberg News' correspondent to Senegal, he lives in Dakar -- but comes from Atlanta. He can be reached at DrewHinshaw.tk.