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Chronological List of African Members of the Commonwealth of Nations

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The following list gives the date at which each African Country joined the Commonwealth of Nations as an independent state. The majority of African countries joined as Commonwealth Realms, later converting to Commonwealth Republics. Two countries, Lesotho and Swaziland, joined as Kingdoms.

British Somaliland (which joined with Italian Somaliland five days after gaining independence in 1960 to form Somalia), and Anglo-British Sudan (which became a republic in 1956) did not become members of the Commonwealth of Nations. Egypt, which had been part of the Empire until 1922, has never shown an interest in becoming a member.

  • South Africa, 3 December 1931 as a Realm – withdrew on becoming a Republic on 31 May 1961, rejoined 1 June 1994
  • Ghana, 6 March 1957 as a Realm – became a Republic 1 July 1960
  • Nigeria, 1 October 1960 as a Realm – became a Republic on 1 October 1963 – suspended between 11 November 1995 and 29 May 1999
  • Sierra Leone, 27 April 1961 as a Realm – became a Republic 19 April 1971
  • Tanganyika, 9 December 1961 as a Realm – became Republic of Tanganyika on 9 December 1962, United Republic of Tanganyika and Zanzibar on 26 April 1964, and United Republic of Tanzania on 29 October 1964.
  • Uganda, 9 October 1962 as a Realm – became a Republic on 9 October 1963
  • Kenya, 12 December 1963 as a Realm – became a Republic on 12 December 1964
  • Malawi, 6 July 1964 as a Realm – became a Republic on 6 July 1966
  • Zambia, 24 October 1964 as a Republic
  • The Gambia, 18 February 1965 as a Realm – became a Republic on 24 April 1970
  • Botswana, 30 September 1966 as a Republic
  • Lesotho, 4 October 1966 as a Kingdom
  • Mauritius, 12 March 1968 as a realm – became a Republic on 12 March 1992
  • Swaziland, 6 September 1968 as a Kingdom
  • Seychelles, 29 June 1976 as a Republic
  • Zimbabwe, 18 April 1980 as a Republic – suspended on 19 March 2002, departed on 8 December 2003
  • Namibia, 21 March 1990 as a republic
  • Cameroon, 11 November 1995 as a Republic
  • Mozambique, 12 December 1995 as a Republic
  • Rwanda, 28 November 2009 as a Republic

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