by Mark Babatunde, at 12:00 pm, August 09, 2016, History

6 African Countries That Have Changed Their Names

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Many cities, states, towns, provinces, and countries in Africa have undergone a name change for a myriad of reasons. Often, this may be done for political/nationalistic reasons — to remove all traces of colonial rule, or to reflect the ideology of the government in power. In other instances, place names have been changed for purely commemorative reasons – perhaps to honour great leaders or important events in the country’s history.

Here is a look at six African countries that have undergone a name change at some point in their recent existence.

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