What’s in a name? For some African towns and cities, a whole lot went into what they are called today.
Africa having the unique history that it does means that the continent is a potpourri of ideas and cultures. Languages, identities and ways of life have literally been made up through slavery, colonization and whatever afterward.
There are many things that go into choosing a capital city – it is, after all, the seat of administration.
It comes as no surprise then that Africa’s capital cities have some of the more wonderful stories than the rest of the cities in a country. They were chosen for these very stories.
As follows are 10 of some famous capital cities in Africa and the stories and meanings behind their founding.