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Dates of African Countries

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This page contains two charts:
  • The year when each country became independent
     
  • Each country's Independence Day

The Year When African Countries Gained Their Independence

1847

Liberia

1922

Egypt

1956

Sudan, Tunisia, Morocco

1957

Ghana

1958

Guinea

1960

Chad, Benin, Nigeria, Ivory Coast, Madagascar, Central African Republic, Mali, Niger, Senegal, Burkina Faso, Mauritania, Togo, Zaire, Somalia, Congo, Gabon, Cameroon

1961

Sierra Leone, South Africa (recognized as the Republic of South Africa, the indigenous people (Black Africans), were living under apartheid, and thus not truly independent)

1962

Algeria, Burundi, Rwanda, Uganda

1963

Kenya, Tanzania

1964

Malawi, Zambia

1965

Gambia, Rhodesia declared independence from England but it was still under white minority rule. Black Africans changed the name to Zimbabwe after a civil war they won in 1980

1966

Botswana, Lesotho

1968

Equatorial Guinea, Mauritius, Swaziland

1969

Guinea-Bissau, Libya

1975

Angola, Cape Verde, Comoros, Mozambique, Sao Tome

1976

Seychelles

1977

Djibouti

1980

Zimbabwe (the indigenous people, Black Africans, changed the name of Rhodesia to Zimbabwe after a civil war they won in 1980)

1990

Namibia

1993 Eritrea
1994 South Africa —Indigenous Africans, Black Africans free from apartheid in South Africa

Source: 
Africa is Not a Country, It's a Continent by Dr. Arthur Lewin

 

Independence Day of Each African Country

January

February

1  Cameroon, Sudan
2  Libya      

18  Gambia

March

April

2    Morocco
6    Ghana
12  Mauritius
20  Tunisia

18  Zimbabwe (see 1980 and 1994 above)
27  Sierra Leone
27  Togo

May

June
24 Eritrea
31 South Africa (see 1961 and 1994 above)
20  Mali, Senegal
25  Mozambique

July

26  Somalia, Madagascar
1   Rwanda 27  Djibouti

5   Algeria, Cape Verde

29  Seychelles
6   Comoros, Malawi 30  Zaire

12  Sao Tome & Principe

September

26  Liberia

6    Swaziland

August

10   Guinea-Bissau

1  Benin

October 

3  Niger

1    Nigeria

5  Burkina Faso

4    Lesotho

7   Ivory Coast

9    Uganda

11  Chad

12  Equatorial Guinea

13  Central African Republic

24   Zambia

15  Congo

November

17  Gabon

11  Angola

December

28  Mauritania

10 Tanzania

Source: 
 
Africa is Not a Country, It's a Continent by Dr. Arthur Lewin

12  Kenya