The year 1960 saw independence sweep across much of Africa. Fourteen countries ceased to be French colonies, while the Belgian Congo became Zaire and Somalia and Nigeria broke from British control. Journalists from RFI French service’s Africa desk take stock of half a century of freedom.All archives
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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.