Many African cities state towns and countries have undergone a name change for a myriad of reasons this may be done for political reasons or to remove all traces of colonial rule. Welcome to Kaweplanet on today’s countdown we will be looking at the top 10 African countries that have changed their names but before we start to remember we post interesting posts like this every day so be sure to subscribe.
Number 10: Burundi
Formerly called rule under European Ruanda-Burundi was a territory in the African Great Lakes region once part of German East Africa which was ruled by Belgium between 1922 and 1962, the country claimed independence on the 1st of July 1962 and legally changed its name from Ruanda-Burundi to Burundi occupied by the Belgians during the East African campaign of World War 1. The region was under military rule from 1916 to 1922 and later matured into a Belgian controlled class B mandate under the League of Nations from 1922 to1945.
Rwanda and Burundi were two independent kingdoms in the Great Lake region before the Scramble for Africa in the mandate became independent as two separate countries of Rwanda and Burundi
Number 9: Botswana
Formerly the British protectorate of virtue and Earland the Botswana Protectorate was a protectorate established on the 31stof March 1885 by the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland in southern Africa the British government wanted to turn over administration of the Protectorate to Rhodesia or South Africa, but swallow opposition left the Protectorate under British rule until its independence in 1966 when it became the Republic of Botswana.
For administrative purposes, Botswana was divided into two political entities the northern part was administered as a Protectorate and the southern part was administered as the crown colony of British virtue Botswana land Protectorate was technically a protectorate rather than a Colony. what do you think?
Number 8: Swaziland
Now known officially as the Kingdom of Eswatini and also known as Swaziland is a landlocked country in southern Africa. The name Swaziland is said to anger some citizens because it is a mix of Swasey and English at no more than 200 kilometres north to south and 130 kilometres east to west. Swaziland is one of the smallest countries in Africa Africa’s last absolute monarch Kings Watty the third of Swaziland changed his country’s name- to Eswatini the new name which was announced to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the country independence and his fiftieth birthday means land of the swallows in the local language.
Number 7: Ivory coast
Formerly called Cote d’Ivoire the coast that the French named The court de Foix mean coast of ivory it retained the name through French rule and independence in 1960. the republic of côte d’Ivoire is located on the southern coast of West Africa and was one of the richest nations on the continent.
It is adjoined by Liberia and Guinea on the west Mali and Burkina Faso to the north Ghana to the east and the Atlantic Ocean to the south the Its political capital is Yael Sal Crowe in the centre of the country while its economic capital and largest city is the port city of Abidjan. The country has large populations of Muslims Christians and various indigenous religions ivory coast is a republic with strong executive power vested in it through the production of coffee and cocoa.
The country was an economic powerhouse in West Africa during the 1960s and 1970s number six the Democratic Republic of congo previously known as ser there was the name of a sovereign state between1971 and 1997 in central Africa now known as the Democratic Republic of the congo the country was a one-party totalitarian dictatorship run by ma’butaSisi CO and his ruling Kocher.
A movement of the revolutionary party there was established following the British seizure of power in a military coup in1965 by the time of its downfall because there was characterized by widespread chronic corruption and economic mismanagement Hazare collapsed in the1990s following the destabilization of the eastern parts of the country in the aftermath of the Rwandan genocide and growing ethnic violence McGill on was deposed as president in 1996 and the new government of Laurent Kabila in 2007returned the country to its old name.
Number 5: Benin Republic
Formally known as – The Kingdom of Dahomey was an African kingdom that existed from about1600 until 1904 when the last king of Benin was defeated by the French and the country was annexed into the French colonial empire the home he became a regional power in the 18th century by conquering key cities on the Atlantic coast the kingdom was an important regional power with an organized domestic economy built on conquest and slave labour at its peak that a holy kingdom spanned present-day Benin Togoand some parts of southwestern Nigeria the kingdom was famous for its female warriors who were skilled in battle and often served as royal bodyguards in 1975under the leadership of Matthew Carrickow their home leach aimed its name to the Benin Republic this happened 15 years after the nation gained independence from the French colonialists in 1960
Number 4: Ghana
Previously known as gold Coast the Gold Coast was a British territory on the Gulf of Guinea in WestAfrica from 1867 to its liberation as the nation of Ghana in 1957 the first European explorers to arrive at the coast with a Portuguese in 1471 they faced a variety of African kingdoms some of which dominated substantial deposits of gold in the soil.
The Gold Coast had long been a name for the region used by Europeans because of the large gold resources found in the area after it attained self-rule from the British colonialist’s. Ghana changed its name from the Gold Coast in 1957 to reflect its new status as an independent countryGhana’s foremost nationalist leader dr. Kwame Nkrumah renamed the country immediately after independence the newname Ghana was symbolic of the fact that every citizen of the new country was a potential king.
Number 3: Tanzania
Formerly known as Tanganyika Tanganyika was a sovereign state comprising the mainland part of present-day Tanzania that existed from 1961 until 1964 it first gained independence from the theUnited Kingdom on the 9th of December 1961 as a state headed by queen Elizabeth ii before becoming a republic within the Commonwealth of Nations a year later between 1962 and 1964Tanzania referred to itself as the Republic of Tanganyika after passing an act of Union on the 25th of April 1964Tanganyika officially joined with thePeople’s Republic of Zanzibar and Pemba and formed the United Republic of Tanganyika and Zanzibar however the new state changed its name to the united republic of Tanzania within a year
Number 2: Burkina Faso
Formerly known as Upper Volta the Republic of UpperVolta now Burkina Faso was the landlocked West African country established on December 11, 1958, as a self-governing colony within the French community before attaining autonomy it had been French Upper Volta and part of the French Union on August 5th 1968attained full independence from France.
Thomas Sankara came to power through a military coup d’etat on August 4 1983after the coup he formed the national council for the revolution with himself as president under the direction of Sankara the country changed its name onAugust 4 1984 from Upper Volta to Burkina Faso which means land of incorruptible people the old name UpperVolta had been given by the French colonialists and reference to the Volta river that flowed through the area what do you think?
Number 1: Zimbabwe
Previously known as Rhodesia. Rhodesia was an unrecognized state in southern Africa from 1965 to 1979 equivalents in the territory to modern Zimbabwe Rhodesiawas the de facto successor state to the British colony of Southern Rhodesia which had been self-governing since achieving responsible government in 1923Rhodesia was bordered by South Africa to the south but Xuan Allen to the southwest.
Zambia to the northwest and Mozambique to the east its largest cities were its capital Salas Barry and galileo Rhodesia developed an economy largely dependent on agriculture manufacturing and mining as early as1960 however African nationalists began to refer to their country as Zimbabwethat brings us to the end of today’s post our question for you today is what is the name of the newest country in Africa we will love to know your answer in the comment section below