Burkina Faso is a small, poor, landlocked country in West Africa. It is bounded by Niger to the east, Mali to the north and west, and Benin... read more
Further information: For a broad overview of African independence go to our site’s coverage of African Independence (chronology and history... read more
Chad shares common borders with Libya on the north; Sudan on the east; the Central African Republic on the south; and Cameroon, Nigeria,... read more
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The Comoros archipelago African islands are situated in the western Indian Ocean. The Comoros nation became Islamic in the early 16th... read more
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Ivory Coast is a West African state bordering Ghana in the east, Burkina Faso, Mali in the north, and Guinea and Liberia in the east. To... read more
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Little is known about this east Africa country situated on the Horn of Africa and bordered by Eritrea, Ethiopia and Somalia. Djibouti is... read more
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Equatorial Guinea is a West African nation bordering the Bight of Biafra, between Cameroon and Gabon. The earliest indigenous population of... read more
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Ethiopia, formerly Abyssinia is a country in the East Africa. It shares its borders with Somalia. The Ethiopian Kingdom was founded in the... read more
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On 17 August 1960, Gabon, a country in west central Africa, gained independence from France. It shares common borders with Equatorial... read more
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Links to explore this further: For a broad overview of African independence go to our site's coverage of African Independence (chronology... read more
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The Gold Coast was the first British colony in Africa to become independent. After independence, its name changed to Ghana, and the first... read more
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Various Sotho societies arrived in Basutoland and Free State areas in the seventeenth century. King Moshoeshoe I united the Sotho tribes... read more
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Liberia, which means ‘freedom’ formerly known as the Grain Coast, is one of the few African countries including Ethiopia that were not... read more
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The first people to settle in this country were people related to the San societies found in most parts of Southern Africa. Between the 1st... read more
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Frelimo Frelimo was formed in 1962, but was initially faced with internal strife and leadership problems. A successful guerrilla war... read more
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Namibia, a former German colony, is situated towards the north west of South Africa. The Orange River marks the border between the two... read more
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Further information Country profile: Niger, an easy-to-read resume of the country, with a timeline, news and interesting audios CIA - The... read more
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Many reports claim that little is known about the earliest history of Nigeria. By c.2000 B.C. most of Nigeria was thinly occupied by people... read more
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The Republic of Congo, also known as Middle Congo, Congo-Brazzaville, and Congo (but not to be confused with the Democratic Republic of the... read more
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Rwanda, in central east Africa, was ruled by Tutsi kings before colonialism. In 1899 the country became a German colony during the '... read more
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Senegal gain its independence from France after breaking away from the Mali Federation, which was formed by merging Senegal and the French... read more
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Sierra Leone is found in West Africa, fronting onto the Atlantic Ocean, and flanked by Liberia and Guinea. The very earliest inhabitants of... read more
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The Swazi nation, as we know it today, originally came from Mozambique. Their Nguni ancestors probably moved there before the sixteenth... read more
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Links to explore this further: http://www.sas.upenn.edu/ & http://www-sul.stanford.edu/ are both good general resources to browse for... read more