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Photos: 'This Is Africa' - The Republic of the Congo

Photos: 'This Is Africa' - The Republic of the Congo

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African countries have their peculiar challenges like all countries the world over. Amid these challenges are particular characteristics of countries on the continent.

‘This Is Africa (TIA)’ is an Africanews initiative aimed at sharing information about African countries and helping our audiences better discover the continent – in a small but significant way.

For the next twenty weeks, we shall be sharing salient information about an African country such as their currency, political leader, population, date of independence etc.

[Photos / Information] Ten of Africa’s long-serving political leaders

Country of the Week: The Republic of the Congo

1 – National capital / official languages = Brazzaville / French
2 – Currency in circulation = ‎ Central African CFA franc
3 – Current political leader = Denis Sassou Nguesso
4 – Population estimate = 5 092 million (2017 est.)
5 – Date of independence = Aug. 15, 1960
6 – Country codes: telephone ‎(+242), internet (.cg)

Profile of the country

Denis Sassou Nguesso, President of the Country

An art gallery in the poto-poto school of painting

Flag of the country

Central African CFA franc

Country of the Week: Federal Republic of Somalia

1 – National capital / official languages = Mogadishu / Somali, Arabic
2 – Currency in circulation = ‎ Somali shilling
3 – Current political leader = Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed
4 – Population estimate = 14.74 million (2017 est.)
5 – Date of independence = July 1, 1960
6 – Country codes: telephone ‎(+252), internet (.so)

Profile of the country

Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed, President of the Country

Somali shilling

Independence Monument

Flag of the country

Country of the Week: Republic of Madagascar

1 – National capital / official languages = Antananarivo / Malagasy and French
2 – Currency in circulation = ‎ Malagasy ariary
3 – Current political leader = H.E. Mr. Rivo Rakotovao (Interim president)
4 – Population estimate = 24.89 million (2016 est.)
5 – Date of independence = 26 June 1960
6 – Country codes: telephone ‎(+261), internet (.mg)

_ Profile of the country_

_ H.E. Mr. Rivo Rakotovao, interim president of the country_

_Tsingy de Bemaraha, an impressive greystone plateau of razor-sharp spikes located northwest Madagascar _

Malagasy ariary, country currency

Flag of the country

Baobab Avenue located around western Madagascar

Country of the Week: Liberia

1 – National capital / official languages = Monrovia / English
2 – Currency in circulation = ‎ Liberian dollar
3 – Current political leader = George Weah
4 – Population estimate = 4,689,021 (July 2017 est.)
5 – Date of independence = July 26, 1847
6 – Country codes: telephone ‎(+231), internet (.lr )

Country Profile

George Weah, Liberian President

Liberian dollar

Flag of the country

Down Town Monrovia

Country of the Week: The Kingdom of Morocco

1 – National capital / official languages = Rabat / Arabic
2 – Currency in circulation = ‎ Moroccan dirham
3 – Current political leader = Mohammed VI (King of Morocco)
4 – Population estimate = 33,986,655 (July 2017 est.)
5 – Date of independence = April 7, 1956
6 – Country codes: telephone ‎(+212), internet (.ma)

Profile of the country

Mohammed VI, King of Morocco

Moroccan dirham

Moroccan flag

Mausoleum of Mohammed V in Rabat

Country of the Week: The State of Eritrea

1 – National capital / official languages = Asmara / Tigrigna, Arabic, English
2 – Currency in circulation = ‎Eritrean nakfa
3 – Current political leader = Isaias Afwerki
4 – Population estimate = 5,918,919 (July 2017 est.)
5 – Date of independence = May 24, 1993
6 – Country codes: telephone ‎(+291), internet (.er)

Eritrea country profile

Isaias Afwerki, President of Eritrea

Eritrean Flag

The great Asamara Mosque

Eritrean nakfa

Country of the Week: Equatorial Guinea

1 – National capital / official languages = Malabo / Spanish, French, Portuguese
2 – Currency in circulation = ‎Central African CFA franc‎ (‎XAF‎)
3 – Current political leader = Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo
4 – Population estimate = 1,267,689 (2017 est.)
5 – Date of independence = 12 October, 1968
6 – Country codes: telephone ‎(+240), internet (.gq)

Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, President of Equatorial Guinea

The Freedom Tower found in the city of Beta

Central African CFA franc‎ (‎XAF‎)

Flag of the country

Brief profile of the country

Country of the Week: Libya

1 – National capital / official languages = Tripoli/ Arabic
2 – Currency in circulation = Libyan dinar
3 – Current political leader = Fayez al-Sarraj (United Nations-backed Prime Minister)
4 – Population estimate = 6.2 million (2016)
5 – Date of independence = 24 December 1951
6 – Country codes: telephone (+218), internet (.ly)

Fayez al-Sarraj, Head of the Libyan Government of National Accord

Tripoli, capital city

Libyan Dinar

_ Flag of the Country_

Country of the Week: The Republic of Mozambique / República de Moçambique (Portuguese)

1 – National capital / official languages = Maputo / Portuguese
2 – Currency in circulation = Mozambican metical
3 – Current political leader = Filipe Nyusi
4 – Population estimate = 26,573,706 (July 2017)
5 – Date of independence = June 25, 1975 from Portugal
6 – Country codes: internet (.mz), telephone (+258)

Mozambque President, Filipe Nyusi

Mozambican metical

Capital city of Maputo

Flag of the country

Country of the Week: Republic of Benin / République du Bénin

1 – National capital / official languages = Porto-Novo / French
2 – Currency in circulation = West African CFA franc, XOF
3 – Current political leader = President Patrice Talon
4 – Population estimate = About 11,520,000 (2018)
5 – Date of independence = 1 August 1960
6 – Country codes: internet (.bj), telephone (+229)

President Patrice Talon.

Flag of the country.

The West Africa CFA (XOF), currency used by most French countries in the region.

A general view shows the Tokpa district in Cotonou, Benin’s largest city and economic center.

Country of the Week: Republic of Kenya

1 – Capital / official languages = Nairobi / English, Swahili
2 – Currency = Kenyan Shillings (KES)
3 – Current president / PM = President Uhuru Kenyatta
4 – Population estimate = Over 49 million (2017)
5 – Independence Day = December 12, 1963 from Britain
6 – Country codes: internet (.ke), telephone (+254)


The Kenyan flag


Kenyan Shillings


Kenyan President, Uhuru Kenyatta

Aerial photo of Kenyan capital, Nairobi