Re: Quiz of Afrikan countries
Posted By: selassielive In Response To: Quiz of Afrikan countries (selassielive)
Date: Monday, 13 December 2004, at 9:37 a.m.
In Response To: Quiz of Afrikan countries (selassielive)
Here are the answers to the quiz.
1) What is the origin of the name for the country of Eritrea?
2) What is the origin of the name for the country of Guinea?
Guinea derives from the berber word aguinaw, or gnawa ("black man"), which Berbers (Nomadic Saharan Peoples) have used to describe most of West Africa.
3) What is the origin of the name for the country of Angola?
When Portuguese mariner Diego Cao landed at the mouth of the Congo River in 1483, two distinct Kingdoms ruled the region. The Kingdom of the Bakongo reigned in the north. The Quimbundos Kingdom, also known as Ndongo, dominated in the western and central areas. The king of the Quimbundos was called "Ngola". The region, taking its name from the king, became Angola.
4) What is the origin of the name for the country of Kenya?
Named after the mountain of the same name. and this in turn derives it name from The Kikuyu, who refer to the mountain as Kirinyaga, or Kere-Nyaga ("Mountain of Whiteness").
5) What is the origin of the name for the country of Sudan?
Sudan (a name derived from the Arabic phrase - bilad as-sudan, "land of the blacks"). Used by Arabs to describe what is today Sub-Sahran Africa, i.e. Africa excluding Morocco, Tunisia, Libya, Algeria and Egypt.
6) What is the origin of the name for the country of Zimbabwe?
Zimbabwe was named after Great Zimbabwe an ancient trading empire dating back to the Iron Age. Zimbabwe means Stone Houses in the local Shona Language.
7) What is the origin of the name for the country of Algeria?
Named after the capital city Algiers or Al-Jazair ("The Island") in Arabic. A reference to the small islands that once dotted the bay of the city.
8) What is the origin of the name for the country of Sierra Leone?
Answered correctly by Fyahman.
Sierra Leone's name dates back to 1462, when a Portuguese explorer, Pedro da Cintra, sailed down the coast of West Africa and saw the long range of mountains of what is now the Freetown Peninsula. As a result of shape and climatic conditions experienced by the explorer, he called the lands 'Sierra Lyoa' meaning 'Lion Mountains'. Sixteenth century English sailors called it 'Sierra Leoa'; by the seventeenth it was 'Sierra Leona', and by 1787, under British Rule it had became Sierra Leone.
Jah guide and protect.
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