Highlighted African Topics


This article uses material from the " Evolution of the Map of Africa"

As Africa was largely unexplored by Europeans for many centuries the maps that were created were by and large grossly inaccurate. They are still a fascinating look into the past.

Following the wave of independence which swept the African continent in the 1960s, integration schemes became an increasingly important tool for facilitating economic growth and development in recently decolonised African economies.

Successor to the Organisation of African Unity (OAU), the African Union (AU) is a multilateral institution established in 2002 that attempts to address a broad variety of challenges facing the African continent, including regional integration, security and underdevelopment.

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