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May 25th is World Africa Day! Did you know there are 54 countries that make up the continent of Africa? Yes, each of these countries have their own history and culture that continue to change the world everyday.

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Below you will see a brief overview of each country and link to learn more about the entertainment, languages, food and so much!

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Cabo Verde

Cabo Verde aka Cape Verde is pronounced kaa·bow vehr·day” and is one of the 6 island nations in Western Africa. The name Cabo Verde means “green cape.” This country consists of 10 islands and gained its independence on July 5, 1975 from Portugal.

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Comoros

Comoros is pronounced kaa·mur·owz” and is one of the island nations of Africa. The name Comoros is derived from the Arab word ‘kamar’ which means the moon. This country gained it’s independence on July 6, 1975 from France. This country is known as the perfume island.

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Madagascar

Madagascar is pronounced ma·duh·ga·skaar” and is one of the 6 island nations of Africa. This country gained it’s independence on June 26, 1960 from France. This country is known for their lemurs which are primitive relatives of monkeys. Continue reading below to learn more about the beautiful African country, Madagascar.

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Mauritius

Mauritius is pronounced mur·i·shuhs” and is one of the 6 island nations of Africa. This country gained its independence on March 12, 1968 from Britain. Mauritius is a island nation known for it’s beaches, lagoons and reefs with over 700 species of indigenous plants. This country is ranked as one of the best beach and honeymoon locations in the world.

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São Tomé and Príncipe

The Democratic Republic of São Tomé and Príncipe is pronounced sow toe·may and prin·see·pay” and and is one of the 6 island nations of Africa. This country is made of 2 islands; São Tomé received its name after being discovered by Portuguese explorers on St Thomas Day and Príncipe received its name as a shorter version of the original Portuguese name of “Ilha do Principe” which means Isle of the Prince. São Tomé and Príncipe gained its independence on July 12, 1975 from Portugal. This country is 2nd smallest African country and home to the world’s smallest bird, the ibis. It’s known as “The Africa Galápagos”.

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Seychelles

Seychelles is pronounced say·shelz” and is one of the 6 island nations of Africa. This country is made up of 115 islands in the Indian Ocean. Seychelles was named after Jean Moreau de Séchelles, Louis XV‘s Minister of Finance, in 1756 when the French set a Stone of Possession on the islands Mahé. This country gained its independence on June 29, 1976 from the British and is known as “the land of perpetual summer.”

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Algeria

Algeria is pronounced al·jee·ree·uh” and is one of the 6 countries located in North Africa. Algeria is the largest country in Africa and its name derived from the name of the city of Algiers. This country gained its independence on July 5, 1962.

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Egypt

Egypt is pronounced “ee·juhpt” and is one of the 6 countries located in North Africa. Egypt’s name means ‘Temple Of The Soul Of Ptah’ (Ptah is the creative god associated with Memphis, the ancient city of Egypt). This country gained its independence on February 28, 1922 from Britain. This country is known for having the oldest of all the pyramids, the Great Pyramid of Giza which is known for being one of the giant pyramids in the world.

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Libya

Libya is pronounced li·bee·uh” and is one of the 6 countries located in North Africa. The name Libya derived from the Egyptian term Libu. This country gained its independence on December 24, 1951 from Italy. This country is known for containing some of the world’s most well-preserved ruins from ancient civilizations.

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Morocco

Morocco is pronounced “mur·aa·co” and is one of the 6 countries located in North Africa. Morocco gained its independence on April 7, 1956 from France. This country was originally named Marrakesh from the Berber which means “land of God” or “sacred land”. This country is the home of the Sahara desert which is the world’s largest desert. Continue reading below to learn more about the beautiful African country, Morocco.

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Sudan

Sudan aka North Sudan is pronounced “sue·dan” and is one of the 6 countries located in North Africa. Sudan’s name derives from the Arabic bilad al-sudan, which means “land of the blacks.” This country gained its independence on January 1, 1956 from the United Kingdom and Egypt.  As of 2012, according to the American Community Survey, there are 48,763 people of Sudan decent living in the United States. Continue reading below to learn more about the beautiful African country, Sudan.

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Tunisia

Tunisia is pronounced too·nee·zhuh” and is one of the 6 countries located in North Africa. The name Tunisia means “to lay down” or “encampment”. This country gained its independence on March 20, 1956 from France and is known for its unique blend of Arab and Berber cultures and influence. According the 2022 census there are 24,735 Tunisian Americans in the United States.

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Burundi

Burundi is pronounced buh·roon·dee” and is one of the 10 countries located in East Africa. Burundi is named after the King of Burundi, who ruled the region starting in the 16th century This country gained it’s independence on July 1, 1962. This country is known as “The Heart of Africa”.

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Djibouti

Djibouti is pronounced juh·boo·tee” and is one of the 10 countries located in East Africa. Djibouti means “boiling pot” in the Afar language based off its dry and hot weather all year. This country gained its independence on June 27, 1977 from France.

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Eritrea

Eritrea is pronounced “air·uh·tree·uh” and is one of the 10 countries located in East Africa. The name Eritrea derives from the Greek term Sinus Erythraeus, which means Red Sea.This country gained its independence on May 24, 1991 from Ethiopia. This country is known for having one of the oldest port cities in Africa.

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Ethiopia

Ethiopia is pronounced ee·thee·ow·pee·uh” and and is one of the 10 countries located in East Africa. It is said that the name Ethiopia derived from the Greek Αἰθιοπία Aithiopia which means “of burnt ( αιθ-) visage (ὄψ)”. Ethiopia is the oldest independent country in Africa and one of the oldest in the world. This country is birth place of coffee.

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Kenya

Kenya is pronounced ken·yuh” and is one of the 10 countries located in East Africa. This country is named after Mount Kenya or ‘Kirinyaga‘, the ‘Mountain of Whiteness’. Kenya gained its independence on December 12, 1963 from Britain. This country is known for being the world’s best safari destination.

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Rwanda

Rwanda is pronounced ruh·waan·duh” and is one of the 10 countries located in East Africa. This country gained it’s independence on July 1, 1962. This country is known as ‘The Land of a Thousand Hills‘. Continue reading below to learn more about the beautiful African country, Rwanda.

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Somalia

Somalia is pronounced sow·maa·lee·uh” and is one of the 10 countries located in East Africa. The name Somalia comes from the indigenous Somali people. This country gained its independence on July 1, 1960 and is known as the ‘Horn of Africa’. As of 2022, there are about 300,000 people from Somalia that live in the United States according to VOA.

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South Sudan

South Sudan is pronounced sowth soo·dan” and is one of the 10 countries located in East Africa. It is one of the newest countries of Africa receiving it’s name after it’s independence from Sudan. The name Sudan means derives from the Arabic bilad al-sudan, which means “land of the blacks.” This country gained its independence on July 9, 2011 from Sudan. As of 2007, according to former Ambassador Ezekiel Lol Gatkuoth, there are over 100,000 people of South Sudan decent living in the United States. Continue reading below to learn more about the beautiful African country, South Sudan.

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Tanzania

Tanzania is pronounced tan·zuh·nee·uh” or “tan·zawn·yuh and is one of the 10 countries located in East Africa. This country’s name is a combination of the first letters of Tanganyika and Zanzibar, which are the two states that merged to form Tanzania in 1964. This country gained its independence on December 9, 1961. As of 2020, there are about 73,000 people of Tanzanian decent that live in the United States.

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Uganda

Uganda is pronounced you·gaan·duh” and and is one of the 10 countries located in East Africa. Uganda got it’s name from the Buganda kingdom. This country gained its independence on October 9, 1962 from England and is known as ‘The Pearl of Africa’. As of 2014, there are 20,248 Ugandan Americans in the United States.

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Angola

Angola is pronounced ang·gow·luh” and and is one of the 9 countries located in Central Africa. This country gained its independence on November 11, 1975 from Portugal.

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Cameroon

Cameroon is pronounced ka·mur·oon” and is one of the 9 countries located in Central Africa. Has the longest ruling leader, Paul Biya. Cameroon was named by Portuguese explorers for the Rio dos Camarões (‘River of Prawns’). This country gained it’s independence on October 1, 1961 from France.

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Central African Republic

Central African Republic is pronounced sen·truhl a·fruh·kuhn ruh·puh·bluhk” and is one of the 9 countries located in Central Africa. This country gained it’s independence on August 13, 1960. This country is known to have the world’s 2nd largest rainforest, The Congo Basin and home to the ethnic group of the PeeWee People. The PeeWee People are known for their short stature typically under 5 feet tall.

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Chad

Chad is pronounced “ch·ad” and and is one of the 9 countries located in Central AfricaThe largest landlocked country in Africa. This country gained its independence on August 11, 1960. This country was named after Lake Chad.

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Republic of the Congo

Republic of the Congo aka Congo is pronounced kaang·gow” and and is one of the 9 countries located in Central Africa. The name Congo is from the Congo River which derived from Kongo, a Bantu kingdom that got its name from its people, the Bakongo (hunters). This country gained its independence in 1960 from France. This country is also known as Middle Congo, Congo-Brazzaville, and Congo.

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Democratic Republic of the Congo

Democratic Republic of the Congo aka DR Congo is pronounced kaang·gow” and and is one of the 9 countries located in Central Africa. DR Congo is the 2nd largest country in Africa after Algeria. The name Congo is from the Congo River which derived from Kongo, a Bantu kingdom that got its name from its people, the Bakongo (hunters). This country gained it’s independence on June 30, 1960 from Belgium.

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Equatorial Guinea

Equatorial Guinea is pronounced eh·kwuh·taw·ree·uhl gi·nee” and is one of the 9 countries located in Central Africa. Equatorial Guinea was formally the Spanish Guinea. This country is along the Gulf of Guinea in the Guinea region of West Africa and lies right above the Equator, which is what “equatorial” refers to. This country gained its independence on October 12, 1968 from Spain. Equatorial Guinea is the only African country with Spanish as its official language.

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Gabon

Gabon is pronounced ga·bone” and and is one of the 9 countries located in Central Africa. Gabon was named after the Portuguese word gabão and this country’s official name is the Gabonese Republic. This country gained its independence on August 17, 1960 from France. In 2021 there were only 131 people from Gabon in the United States.

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Botswana

Botswana is pronounced “baat·swaa·nuh” and is one of the 9 countries located in Southern Africa. Botswana means “Land of the Tswana.” This country gained its independence on September 30, 1966. Botswana is known for being the home to the world’s largest concentration of African Elephants plus the world’s second largest gem quality diamond was discovered here in 2021.

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Eswatini

Eswatini aka Swaziland is pronounced eh·swaa·tea·nee” and is one of the 9 countries located in Southern Africa. This country gained its independence on September 6, 1968 from Britain. The Kingdom of Eswatini is one of the three remaining kingdoms in the continent of Africa. This country is landlocked inside the country of South Africa.

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Lesotho

Lesotho is pronounced “luh·sue·too” and landlocked in South Africa. Lesotho’s name means “land of the Sotho.” The Sotho people are a Bantu nation native to southern Africa, they are also known as the Basuto or Basotho. Lesotho gained its independence on October 4, 1966 from Great Britain. This country is one of the three remaining Kingdoms on the continent of Africa and is one of 3 enclaved countries in the world (Enclaved countries are those completely surrounded by another country’s land).

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Malawi

Malawi is pronounced muh·laa·wee” and is one of the 13 countries located in Southern Africa. The name Malawi means “flaming waters” and was taken from a tribal word that described how rays of sun glinted off Lake Nyasa. This country gained its independence on July 6, 1964 from Britain. This country is known for Lake Malawi which is the home to the largest number of fish species of any lake in the world.

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Mozambique

Mozambique is pronounced mow·zam·beek” and is one of the 9 countries located in Southern Africa. This countries original name by the Portuguese was Moçambique after the Island of Mozambique. It derived from Mussa Bin Bique or Mussa Ibn Malik who was an Arab trader who allegedly first visited the island. This country gained its independence on June 25, 1975 from Portugal.

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Namibia

Namibia is pronounced nuh·mi·bee·uh” and is one of the 9 countries located in Southern Africa. This country gained its independence on March 21, 1990 from South Africa. This country is known for one of the world’s most extensive meteorite showers. The Gibeon Meteorite Shower is the largest known meteorite shower on Earth. Continue reading below to learn more about the beautiful African country, Namibia.

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South Africa

South Africa is pronounced sowth a·fruh·kuh” and is one of the 9 countries located in Southern Africa. This country got its name because of it’s location at the southern tip of Africa. This country is known for its abundant wildlife. According to the American Community Survey, as of 2021 there are 123,461 people from South Africa that live in the United States.

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Zambia

Zambia is pronounced zam·bee·uh” and is one of the 9 countries located in Southern Africa. The name Zambia derived from the Zambezi river which means “River of God.” This country gained its independence on October 24, 1964 from Britain.

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Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe is pronounced zim·baab·way” and is one of the 9 countries located in Southern Africa. The name Zimbabwe means Great House of Stone. This country gained its independence on April 18, 1980 from Great Britain and is known as the “Jewel of Africa”. As of 2017, there are about 30,000 Zimbabweans that live in the United States.

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Benin

Benin is pronounced buh·neen” and is one of the 16 countries located in West Africa. This country gained its independence on August 1, 1960.

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Burkina Faso

Burkina Faso is pronounced bur·kee·nuh faa·sow” and is one of the 16 countries located in West Africa. The name Burkina Faso means “Land of Incorruptible People”. This country gained its independence on August 5, 1960.

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Côte d’Ivoire

Côte d’Ivoire aka Ivory Coast is pronounced “coat duh·vwaar” and is one of the 16 countries located in West Africa. This country gained it’s independence on August 7, 1960 from France. This country is known for being the world’s top exporter of cocoa and raw cashew nuts.

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The Gambia

The Gambia is pronounced “gam·bee·uh” and is one of the 16 countries located in West Africa. The Gambia was named after ‘The River Gambia.’ This country gained its independence on February 18, 1965 from Britain. This country is known as a birdwatcher’s paradise with over 500 species of birds who call The Gambia home.

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Ghana

Ghana is pronounced gaa·nuh” and is one of the 16 countries located in West Africa. The name Ghana means “king.” This country gained its independence on March 6, 1957 from Britain. Ghana was the first sub-Saharan African country to gain independence from colonial rule. As of 2015, there are more than 235,000 people of Ghanian decent that live in the United States.

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Guinea

Guinea is pronounced gi·nee” and is one of the 16 countries located in West Africa. Guinea means “land of the blacks.” This country gained its independence on October 2, 1958 from France.

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Guinea-Bissau

Guinea-Bissau is pronounced gi·nee buh·sau” and is one of the 16 countries located in West Africa. The name Guinea means “the land of the blacks” and “Bissau” is the name of the capital. Guinea-Bissau gained its independence on September 24, 1973 from Portugal. This country is known as being one of the top cashew producers in the world.

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Liberia

Liberia is pronounced “lai·bee·ree·uh and is one of the 16 countries located in West Africa. This country gained its independence on July 26, 1847 from the American Colonization Society. Liberia has never subjected to colonial rule and is Africa’s oldest republic. Its name means “land of freedom” referring to its settlement in the early 1800s by freeborn and former enslaved Black Americans.

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Mali

Mali is pronounced maa·lee” and is one of the 16 countries located in West Africa. Mali is named after the Mali Empire and means “the place where the king lives.” This country gained it’s independence on September 22, 1960 from France.

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Mauritania

Mauritania is pronounced more·uh·tay·nee·uh” and is one of the 16 countries located in West Africa. This country gained its independence on November 28, 1960 from France. Mauritania was the last country in the world to abolish slavery in 1981. The name Mauritania derived from the Latin word Mauretania which means “west.” .

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Niger

Niger is pronounced n·eye·jer” and is one of the 16 countries located in West Africa. Niger was named after the Niger River that flows through the country and means ‘flowing water’ in Tuareg n’eghirren. This country gained its independence on August 3, 1960 from France. Niger is home to the largest protected area in Africa.

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Nigeria

Nigeria is pronounced nai·jee·ree·uh” and is one of the 16 countries located in West Africa. The name Nigeria is taken from the Niger River running through the country. This country gained its independence on Oct 1, 1960 from Britain. This country is known as the “Giant of Africa”. As of 2016, according to the American Community Survey there were about 380,785 people of Nigerian decent that live in the United States.

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Senegal

Sengal/Sénégal is pronounced seh·nuh·gaal” and is one of the 16 countries located in West Africa. Sénégal’s Independence Day is August 20, 1960. As of 2019, there are 18,091 people from Senegal that live in the United States.

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Sierra Leone

Sierra Leone is pronounced see·eh·ruh lee·own” and is one of the 16 countries located in West Africa. The name Sierra Leone means “lion mountains”This country gained it’s independence on April 27, 1961 from Britain. According to American Community Survey, there are 34,161 people from Sierra Leone that live in the United States.

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Togo

Togo is pronounced toe·go” and is one of the 16 countries located in West Africa. The name Togo is translated from the Ewe language as “behind the river”. This country gained its independence on April 27, 1960 from France and is known as “land where lagoons lie”. According to the 2021 census there are around 16,000 Togolese-born individualsthat live in the United States.

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