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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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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