Exploring African Countries and Their Historical Names

Exploring African Countries and Their Historical Names

Africa’s rich history is reflected in the many names its countries have held over the years. Hereโ€™s a fascinating look at African countries and their former names:

๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ฏ Benin (formerly Dahomey)
๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ผ Botswana (formerly Bechuanaland)
๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ซ Burkina Faso (formerly Upper Volta)
๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ฎ Burundi (formerly part of Rwanda-Urundi)
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ซ Central African Republic (formerly Ubangi-Shari)
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฌ Congo Brazzaville (formerly Middle Congo, French Congo)
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฒ Cameroon (formerly German Kamerun)
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฉ DR Congo (formerly Congo Free State, Belgian Congo, Lรฉopoldville, Republic of Zaire)
๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ฏ Djibouti (formerly French Somaliland, Afars and Issas)
๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฟ Eswatini (formerly Swaziland)
๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡น Ethiopia (formerly Damot, Abyssinia)
๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ฒ The Gambia (formerly Senegambia, Kaabu, British Gambia)
๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ญ Ghana (formerly Gold Coast)
๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ณ Guinea (formerly Conakry, French Guinea)
๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ผ Guinea-Bissau (formerly Portuguese Guinea)
๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ช Kenya (formerly British East Africa)
๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡ธ Lesotho (formerly Basutoland)
๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ผ Malawi (formerly Nyasaland)
๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฑ Mali (formerly French Sudan)
๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡บ Mauritius (formerly Prins Mauritius van Nassaueiland)
๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Morocco (formerly Al-Maghrib)
๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Namibia (formerly Island Nawodo, Onawero)
๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡ผ Rwanda (formerly Kinyarwanda)
๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ณ Senegal (formerly Senegambia)
๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ฟ Tanzania (formerly Tanganyika)
๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ฌ Uganda (formerly Buganda)
๐Ÿ‡ฟ๐Ÿ‡ฒ Zambia (formerly Northern Rhodesia)
๐Ÿ‡ฟ๐Ÿ‡ผ Zimbabwe (formerly Rhodesia)

We Are for Africa
Each of these names carries a piece of history, showcasing the diverse and dynamic past of the African continent. From colonial names to indigenous titles, the evolution of these names marks significant periods and transitions in African history. Together, these countries form a vibrant and united Africa, rich in culture and heritage.

By: Mayowa J. Michael, ACIB

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