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Did you know about these oldest African countries?

They are filled with history and culture to soak in.

It is just not a continent with exotic landscapes and wildlife, Africa is a land with some of the oldest countries. The country has a long history and was initially known as Alkebulan meaning The Mother of Mankind. It was adopted by the Moors, Ethiopians, and Nubians, amongst others, after which it was taken over by the Europeans. And owing to its rich and expansive history, there are many old countries in Africa that are mesmerizing.

Liberia

From 1822 until it the state gained independence in 1847 American Colonialization Society, it was a British colony. This makes it is the oldest country in Africa. In 1904, it became the first independent black republic in Africa but didn’t have an established government until 1944. Africa’s oldest Republican State borders Sierra Leone and is among the few countries to maintain its sovereignty during the Scramble for Africa.

Mali

Now known as the country Mali, it was founded in 1235 and was known as the Empire of Mali. The country is a large medieval Muslim empire famous for its Medieval city of Timbuktu. Until 1960 Mali was a French colony and later gained independence. The city is known to be home to one of the world’s richest men. The country has rich culture and history as it has been functional since prehistoric times, which can be proved by its solid oral tradition of storytelling dating back to ancient times. At the same time, the people of Mali are known for their music and dance believed by them to give them strength and protection from the evil spirit.

Nigeria

Famously known as the giant of Africa, owing to its population, Nigeria is one of the oldest countries in Africa. Historically the country’s origin can be traced to early 1,100 BC when the ancient African civilization settled in the Kano, Oyo, Benin empire. The country gained Independence from British rule in 1960 and became a republic in 1963.

Tunisia

A North African country, it was the Romans who gave Tunisia its name and is one of the first African colonies since 246-146 BCE. Tunisia remained a colony of France until it gained Independence in 1956.

A few other oldest African countries are South Africa, Egypt, Ethiopia, Libya, Ethiopia, Morocco, Sudan, Ghana, Cameroon, Benin Republic, Guinea, Senegal, Togo, and Eritrea among various more.

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