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6 African Countries That Have Changed Their Names

August 09, 2016 at 12:00 pm | History

Mark Babatunde

Mark Babatunde

August 09, 2016 at 12:00 pm | History

6 African Countries That Have Changed Their Names

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Benin Republic/Dahomey

Dahomey was the name of a powerful pre-colonial West African kingdom in what is now the Benin Republic. At its peak, the Dahomey kingdom spanned present-day Benin, Togo, and some parts of southwestern Nigeria. Dahomey was famous for its female warriors who were skilled in battle and often served as royal body guards.

In 1975, under the leadership of Mathieu Kerekou, Dahomey changed its name to Benin Republic. This happened 15 years after the nation gained independence from the French colonialists in 1960. The change was liked to the Marxist-Leninist ideals in which its new leader believed.

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