BY Nii Ntreh, 4:00pm January 12, 2020,

These 10 African capital cities have interesting stories behind their names

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N’Djamena, Chad. Photo Credit:


Chad’s capital city means “place of rest”. In fact, the area called N’Djamena used to be called Fort Lamy, founded by the French 120 years ago.

Fort Lamy was a trading city and administrative town for the French colonizers. But in 1973, the city’s name was changed into N’Djamena, with then-president Francois Tombalbaye borrowing the name from a small nearby village.

Last Edited by:Kent Mensah Updated: January 12, 2020


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