African countries that speak French are Benin, Burkina Faso, the Central African Republic, the Democratic Republic of Congo and the Republic of Congo. Other francophone African countries are the Ivory Coast, Gabon, Guinea, Mali and Niger. These countries, along with Senegal and Togo, have French as their official language.Know More
Other African countries where French is one of the official languages are Burundi, Cameroon, Chad, Comoros and Djibouti. Equatorial Guinea, Madagascar, Rwanda and Seychelles also use French as one of the official languages. In Tunisia and Morocco, French is spoken by the upper classes. Many of these countries are former French colonies. As of 2010, about 120 million people in Africa spoke French.
Comoros is an archipelago of islands found in the Indian Ocean. It gained independence from France in 1975 and endured a fraught political climate until the election of President Ikililou Dhoinine in May, 2011. Like Comoros, Madagascar is also found in the Indian Ocean. It became independent from France in 1960.
Burkina Faso, which is found in Western Africa, was once known as Upper Volta. It gained independence from France in 1960. Blaise Compaore became President in 1987 and is still president as of 2014.
Rwanda and Burundi were once joined together as the colony of Ruanda-Urundi. They were colonies not of France, but of francophone Belgium. They separated and became independent in 1962.Learn more about Africa
The Sahara Desert covers large parts of the African countries of Algeria, Chad, Egypt, Libya, Mali, Mauritania, Morocco, Niger, Western Sahara, Sudan and Tunisia. The desert has an area of over 3.6 million square miles, covering around one-quarter of the continent of Africa.Full Answer >
As of 2014, Africa has 54 countries. The largest country by area is Algeria, while the most populous country is Nigeria. African countries can be divided by location into the following regions: Northern Africa, the Horn of Africa, Eastern Africa, Central Africa, Southern Africa and Western Africa.Full Answer >
All African countries except for Liberia and Ethiopia came under imperialist rule between 1750 and 1914. European countries rushed to gain control over African countries in order to enhance their economic, social and political standing. Despite resistance from Africans, all but two countries were colonized under European control.Full Answer >
Located in West Africa, Benin's boundaries are the countries Togo, Nigeria, Burkina Faso and Niger and it has a short coastline along the Bight of Benin. It is a long, narrow country with a land area of 42,985 square miles. The Niger River runs along its northern border.Full Answer >