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1. Formerly known as the Gold Coast, this place changed its name in 1957 when it gained its independence from the United Kingdom. Situated on the Gulf of Guinea, which of these countries is now known by a name which means 'Warrior King' in Mande, a local tribal language?
2. Depending on when your map of Africa was printed, this country might have been shown as the Congo Free State, the Belgian Congo, the Republic of the Congo, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, or Zaire. Which of these names was used when independence from Belgium was originally declared in 1960?
3. The republic of Mali was, at times, part of some large empires based on trans-Saharan transport of goods - the Ghana Empire (from the 7th to 11th centuries CE), the Mali Empire (in the 14th century), and the Songhai Empire (from the late 14th century until the 16th century). The region came under European control around 1880, before achieving independence in 1960. Which of these was one of its colonial names?
4. This landlocked country, with a capital at Lilongwe, is surrounded by Mozambique, Tanzania and Zambia. Formerly known as Nyasaland, what name is used on contemporary atlases to designate this region?
5. As the map shows, the country formerly known as Northern Rhodesia has a lot of neighbours. Clockwise from the north they are Democratic Republic of the Congo, Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Namibia and Angola. What name did it take on when it gained independence in 1964?
6. This map shows the contemporary country of Zimbabwe, a name that has been used since 1980. What name did the country use immediately before it gained independence from the United Kingdom in 1965?
7. The Territory of Basutoland was established in 1884 as a British Crown Colony, and derived its name from the Bantu ethnic group which comprised the majority of its residents. On independence, the region adopted a name based on the language these residents spoke. Which of these is the name for this landlocked country which is completely surrounded by South Africa?
8. Technically, Bechuanaland was a protectorate, not a colony - it was established in 1885, ostensibly to protect the local Tswana people from aggression on the part of Boers who were moving into the area from their established base in South Africa. By what name do we now know this landlocked country?
9. The modern country of Guinea-Bissau was formed in 1973. Before that, its name indicated the nation which administered it as a colony. What was its colonial name?
10. Unlike the other countries in this quiz, Burkina Faso did not change its name when it gained independence from its colonial ruler in 1960 - that happened later on. What was the name under which it was originally established?
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