African Countries Names You're Saying Wrong
What is in a name? The power of a name and its value is immeasurable. Ivory Coast name changed in 1986 to Cote d'Ivoire. Cabo Verde formally known as Cape Verde until 2013, Swaziland is eSwatini since 2018 and “The” officially belongs in front of Gambia since 1964. African Countries Names You're Saying Wrong.
Cabo Verde formally known as Cape Verde until 2013 is a group of 18 U-shaped islands located off mainland Western Africa in the Atlantic Ocean. Cabo Verde is not one large island but a group of islands in the North Atlantic Ocean, west of Senegal.The once uninhabited Cabo Verde islands were discovered and colonized by the Portuguese in the 15th century. Due to its central location between Africa and America, Cabo Verde was a major trading port for African slaves for over three centuries by the Portuguese.
The officially belongs in front of Gambia since 1964Yes it is officially true, the “The” officially belongs in front of Gambia since 1964. The Permanent Committee on Geographical Names says "A letter dated May 1964 from the Gambian prime minister's office instructed that The Gambia should be used with a capital T. One of the reasons they gave was that Gambia could be confused with Zambia, which was a new name to the international community at the time."
African Country Swaziland renamed eSwatini in 2018.The Southern African Country of Swaziland no longer exists, King Mswati III renamed Swaziland eSwatini.
|King Mswati III of eSwatini|
The monarch Mswati II announced the official change in a stadium during celebrations for the 50th anniversary of Swazi independence. He explained that the name had caused some confusion, stating "Whenever we go abroad, people refer to us as Switzerland." The King gave no reason for the name change except Swaziland’s new name is easier for foreigners to pronounce. How do you pronounce eSwatini well say ea-swa-tea-knee, pronounce the short e in eSwatini like the letter e in bed.
ea-swa-tea-knee = eSwatini
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