West Africa continues to stand tall as one of the world’s most attractive jurisdictions to explore after Mako Gold published a number of encouraging gold and manganese drill hits.

Stockhead’s Sarah Hughan sits down with Mako Gold (ASX:MKG) managing director Peter Ledwidge to get the short end of the long story on the company’s latest announcement.

Developing in the same neighbourhood as Tietto Minerals’ successful Abujar gold mine, Mako continues to pump up its flagship Napié project in Côte d’Ivoire.

Off the back of diamond drilling, Mako pulled up a number of high-grade results at Napié, including 6m @ 6 g/t gold on two separate targets following a 25,000m auger drilling campaign earlier this year. Not bad for a project already possessing a 868,000oz resource.

Meanwhile, at the company’s Korhogo project, eight out of ten drill hits have returned manganese. While Mako lays the groundwork for metallurgical testing, Ledwidge says the next step is to assess the potential of a direct shipping operation into the steel market. There are already four operating manganese mines in Côte d’Ivoire.

Tune in to hear Mako’s Peter Ledwidge on growing Napié’s gold resource, the company’s foray into the manganese market and why Côte d’Ivoire remains the “hotspot of West Africa”.