Africa Education History

WHEN AFRICAN COUNTRIES CHANGED THEIR COLONIAL NAMES.

WHEN AFRICAN COUNTRIES CHANGED THEIR COLONIAL NAMES

Africa is the second largest continent in the world. It was home to great and well structured Kingdoms and societies. Due to its rich resources, Africa became a trading hub for many across the world.

Then, in 1884, the unthinkable happened! Some European countries met in Berlin, and agreed to ‘SHARE’ Africa amongst themselves!

Consequently, the whole of Africa was partitioned into different countries, without regard to family ties, language or culture. Strange, unknown names were then imposed on these countries. This has been the root cause of the unending conflicts on the continent. GOD have mercy!

As fate would have it, all countries in Africa have now gained independence from their colonial authorities. Here are some of the countries in Africa, and their previous names before gaining independence.

** Algeria (Ottoman Corsairs, Barbary Coast)
🇧🇯Benin (Dahomey)
🇧🇼Botswana (Bechuanaland)
🇧🇫Burkina Faso (Upper Volta)
🇧🇮Burundi (Ruanda-Urundi) – A part became Burundi, and the other Rwanda.
🇨🇫Central African Republic (Ubangi-Shari)
** Cote D Ivoire (Ivory Coast
🇨🇬Congo Brazzaville (Middle Congo, French Congo)
🇨🇲 Cameroon ( German Cameroon)
🇨🇩DR Congo (Congo Free State, Belgian Congo, Léopodville, Zaire & Kantanga) 🇩🇯Djibouti (French Somaliland, Afars and Issas) 🇸🇿Eswatini (Swaziland) 🇪🇹Ethiopia (Damot, Abyssinia) 🇬🇲 The Gambia (Senegambia, Kaabu, British Gambia) 🇬🇭Ghana (Gold Coast & Asante Kingdom)
🇬🇳Guinea (Conarky, French Guinea, French Guinea)
🇬🇼Guinea-Bissau (Portuguese Guinea)
🇰🇪Kenya (British East Africa)
🇱🇸Lesotho (Basutoland)
** Liberia (Grain Coast)
🇲🇼Malawi (Nyasaland)
🇲🇱Mali (French Sudan)
🇲🇺Mauritius (Prins Mauritius van Nassaueiland)
🇲🇦Morocco (Al-Maghrib)
**Mozambique (Portuguese East Africa)
🇳🇦Namibia (Island Nawodo, Onawero)
🇷🇼Rwanda (Ruanda, Kinyarwanda)
🇸🇳 Senegal ( Senegambia)
🇹🇿Tanzania (Tanganyika)
** Togo (German Grand Popo, French Togoland)
🇺🇬Uganda (Buganda)
🇿🇲Zambia (Northern Rhodesia)
🇿🇼Zimbabwe (Rhodesia)

Hope you have learnt something about your continent.

Source :Asanteman news Facebook page.

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