Pan-African Colours

Having previously looked at the Nordic Cross, flags based on geographic representations, and even the Newfoundland tricolour, this article looks on one of the most-widely spread colour sets among national flags of the world: the green-yellow-red arrangement known as the Pan-African colours. Or is that the red-black-green arrangement known as the Pan-African colours? How exactly…

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The Largest Cities With the Shortest Names

We’ve talked before on this site about the eight Scandinavian villages named Å, and there are a few other places in the world with just one letter for a name, but what one-letter town can actually claim to be the largest?  Not too many people can claim to live in such uniquely-named locales. The former…

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Old African Names for Modern African Countries

As the process of decolonisation swept through Africa in the 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s, many of the new countries were eager to choose new names to replace the colonial appellation they had been given by their previous rulers. Many of these names were more accurate native versions of the original colonial names (e.g., Ruanda-Urundi became…

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Lake Volta

Today, eastern Ghana’s Lake Volta is the largest body of water in West Africa, but the wide expanse of water was non-existent before 1965. While a dam on the Volta River in the Akosombo Gorge was proposed as early as 1915, it was not until the post-World War II era of African decolonisation that real plans…

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