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Timeline: African independence

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Watching solar powered TV in Mali AFP/Issouf Sanogo

If 1960 was the year of freedom for much of sub-Saharan Africa, Liberia had become independent during the previous century, as a state for freed slaves, and Eritrea had to wait till 1993 to break away from Ethiopia.

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26 July 1847: Liberia
28 February 1922: Egypt
24 December 1951: Libya
1 January 1956: Sudan
2 March 1956: Morocco
20 March 1956: Tunisia
6 March 1957: Ghana
2 October 1958: Guinea
1 January 1960: Cameroon
27 April 1960: Togo
26 June 1960: Madagascar
30 June 1960: DR Congo
1 July 1960: Somalia
1 August 1960: Benin
3 August 1960: Niger
5 August 1960: Burkina Faso
7 August 1960: Côte d'Ivoire
11 August 1960: Chad
13 August 1960: Central African Republic
15 August 1960: Congo
17 August 1960: Gabon
20 August 1960: Senegal
22 September 1960: Mali
1 October 1960: Nigeria
28 November 1960: Mauritania
27 April 1961: Sierra Leone
31 May 1961: South Africa
1 July 1962: Rwanda
1 July 1962: Burundi
3 July 1962: Algeria
9 October 1962: Uganda

12 December 1963: Kenya
24 April 1964: Tanzani (Tanganyika 9 December 1961 - Zanzibar 10 December 1963)
6 July 1964: Malawi
24 October 1964: Zambia
18 February 1965: Gambia
30 September 1966: Botswana
4 October 1966: Lesotho
12 March 1968: Mauritius
6 September 1968: Swaziland
12 October 1968: Equatorial Guinea
20 September 1974: Guinea-Bissau
25 June 1975: Mozambique
5 July 1975: Cape Verde
6 July 1975: Comoros
12 July 1975: Sao Tome and Principe
11 November 1975: Angola
29 June 1976: Seychelles
27 June 1977: Djibouti
18 April 1980: Zimbabwe
21 March 1990: Namibia
24 May 1993: Eritrea

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