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Fifty years after independence, how will you celebrate?

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Independence celebrations in DRC in 2009. Source: . Twenty-seven African countries celebrate 50 years of independence this year. If you live in one of those countries and you, or someone close to you, witnessed that historic day, tell us your story on the FRANCE 24 Observers.

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Independence celebrations in DRC in 2009. Source: Radio Okapi on Flickr.

Twenty-seven African countries celebrate 50 years of independence this year. If you live in one of those countries and you, or someone close to you, witnessed that historic day, tell us your story on the FRANCE 24 Observers.

How are you celebrating independence day in your country? What remains of colonial life; do old habits die hard? What's changed in the past 50 years? Send your response to observers@france24.com, along with your Observers username (if you've got one), a photo of yourself, and your phone number, or simply post it into the comments section below the post (once it's online).

We're particularly interested in accounts of people who saw independence firsthand. Don't hesitate to interview a parent, friend or relative about their experiences.   

List of African countries which gained independence in 1960:

1 January 1960: CAMEROON

27 April 1960: TOGO

26 June 1960: MADAGASCAR

30 June 1960: DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO

1 July 1960: SOMALIA

1 August 1960: BENIN

3 August 1960: NIGER

5 August 1960: BURKINA FASO

7 August1960: IVORY COAST

11 August 1960: CHAD

13 August1960: 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

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