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5 most bizarre things banned by African dictators that will leave you in shock

July 26, 2018 at 09:43 am | History

Elizabeth Ofosuah Johnson

Elizabeth Ofosuah Johnson | Staff Writer

July 26, 2018 at 09:43 am | History

Reverend Canaan Banana

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How difficult will it be not to be able to use certain words again? The first president of Zimbabwe Reverend Canaan Banana had major issues and one of them was his surname being used as a joke. In 1982, President Banana decided to ban the use of the word, especially in jokes.

As if that isn’t enough of a joke, President Francisco Macias Nguema of Equatorial Guinea banned the use of the word “intellectual” after failing his civil servant entrance exams three times. He took it a step further to ban private schools and churches as well as killing people who wore spectacles!

He must have been a troubled person because he later banned hospitals only to replace them with witch-doctors and also banned religion and changed the country’s motto to, ‘There is no other God than Macias Nguema.” In Equatorial Guinea, it was also illegal to name your child Monica.

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