It's not easy being one of the only female rappers in a city of two million people - but Sister Lessa welcomes the challenge. She shows us around her city Conakry in Guinea and takes us to where her story began.
In Senegal, social activism and hip hop are being cultivated in a center run by rapper Fou Malade. Here he has been rehabilitating ex-offenders through a series of workshops including music, graffiti and gardening.
Many West African women have experienced physical violence in their lives. Guinean women's rights activist Binta Ann says laws are not enough - governments need to follow through to help protect women.
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