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History of Kananga

With a population of 1,130,100 (2004), Kananga lies near the Lulua River - a tributary of the Kasai...

9th January 2007
History of Lomé

The city lies on the extreme south west of Togo, up against the Ghanaian border. Located on the Gulf...

23rd January 2007
History of Malabo

Malabo was renamed Santa Isabel when the island revert to complete Spanish control. In 1969, Malabo...

30th January 2007
History of Cape Town

Cape Town is the economic centre of the Western Cape and serves as the regional manufacturing centre...

6th February 2007
History of Bujumbura

The city grew from a small village after it became a military post in German East Africa in 1889. Af...

13th February 2007
History of Soweto

The name Soweto was originally an acronym for "SOuth WEstern TOwnships", a cluster of townships spra...

20th February 2007
History of Kumasi

A relatively young city, Kumasi was founded in the early 19th century by King Osei Tutu. The king na...

27th February 2007
History of Gorée

Gorée is best known as the location of the House of Slaves, one of the oldest houses on the island...

13th March 2007
History of Abuja

The name "Abuja" was derived from Abu Ja, a brother to Muhammadu Makau, the last hausa ruler of Zari...

6th March 2007
History of Freetown

Freetown is the capital city of Sierra Leone. With a population of 1,070,200 (2004), the city lies o...

20th March 2007
History of Alexandria

Alexandria is Egypt's leading port, a commercial and transportation center, and the heart of a major...

27th March 2007
History of Bulawayo

It is located in 439km south-west of Harare (20°10′S 28°34′E) and is treated as a separate provincia...

3rd April 2007
History of Douala

With a population of approximately 2 million, the city is home to Cameroon's largest port and its ma...

10th April 2007
History of Benghazi

Benghazi is one of Libya's major economic centers. It is a bustling port and commercial centre.

17th April 2007
History of Gambela

The economy of Gambella state is based on agriculture, pastoral, beekeeping and imported industrial...

24th April 2007
History of Djibouti City

Its significance results from the large transit trade it enjoys as a terminus of the railroad from A...

1st May 2007
History of Malindi

In the beginning of the sixteenth century the Portuguese selected Malindi as a supply station for Po...

8th May 2007
History of Kano

The city was traditionally founded by Kano, a blacksmith of the Gaya tribe who in ancient times came...

15th May 2007
History of Durban

Today, Durban is one of the busiest container port in Africa. The Durban Metropolitan Area (DMA) has...

22nd May 2007
History of Pemba

Unlike Zanzibar, Pemba is formed from a land mass rather than coral reefs and sand banks. Its landsc...

29th May 2007
History of Walvis Bay

Walvis bay meaning “Whale Bay” in Afrikaans is an inlet of the Atlantic Ocean on the western coast o...

5th June 2007
History of Lubumbashi

The city was founded by the Belgians in 1910 which prospered with the development of a regional copp...

12th June 2007
History of Ibo Island

The island was chosen by the Portuguese in 1754 as their main clearing house for slaves and ivory. I...

19th June 2007
History of Omdurman

With a population of approximately 1.2 million, Omdurman is the largest city in the country and the...

26th June 2007
History of Pointe-Noire

The name Pointe Noire's originated from Portuguese navigators who saw a block of black rocks on the...

3rd July 2007
History of Jinja

Established in 1907, Jinja is the second commercial centre in Uganda. It lies in the south east of U...

10th July 2007
History of Francistown

Francistown is the second largest city in Botswana. It was the center of southern Africa's first gol...

17th July 2007
History of Nakuru

Nakuru is sandwiched between Lake Nakuru National Park to the south and the Menengai crater and its...

24th July 2007
History of Kilwa Kisiwani

Its position in the Indian Ocean is just less than three miles off the shore of Tanzania, so it can...

31st July 2007
History of Timbuktu

Founded about AD 1100 as a seasonal camp by Tuareg nomads, the city was incorporated within the Mali...

7th August 2007
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