MEMBER STATES

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MEMBER STATES


The AU is made up of 55 Member States which represent all the countries on the African continent. AU Member States are divided into five geographic regions. which were defined by the OAU in 1976 (CM/Res.464QCXVI).

The following list shows all members states grouped by region, in alphabetical order, and their date of joining the AU or its predecessor the OAU.

CENTRAL AFRICA

 

Member StateAbbreviationDate of joining
the OAU or AU
Republic of BurundiBurundi25 May 1963
Republic of CameroonCameroon25 May 1963
Central African RepublicCentral African Republic25 May 1963
Republic of ChadChad25 May 1963
Republic of the Congo Congo Republic25 May 1963
Democratic Republic of CongoDR Congo25 May 1963
Republic of Equatorial Guinea Equatorial Guinea12 October 1968
Gabonese RepublicGabon25 May 1963
Democratic Republic of São Tomé and PríncipeSão Tomé and Príncipe18 July 1975

EASTERN AFRICA

Member State Abbreviation Date of joining the OAU or AU
Union of the Comoros Comoros 18 July 1975
Republic of Djibouti Djibouti 27 June 1977
State of Eritrea Eritrea 24 May 1993
Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia Ethiopia 25 May 1963
Republic of Kenya  Kenya 25 May 1963
Republic of Madagascar Madagascar 25 May 1963
Republic of Mauritius Mauritius August 1968
Republic of Rwanda Rwanda 25 May 1963
Republic of Seychelles Seychelles 29 June 1976
Federal Republic of Somalia Somalia 25 May 1963
Republic of South Sudan South Sudan 27 July 2011
Republic of the Sudan Sudan 25 May 1963
United Republic of Tanzania Tanzania 25 May 1963
Republic of Uganda Uganda 25 May 1963

NORTHERN AFRICA

Member State Abbreviation Date of joining the OAU or AU
People’s Democratic Republic of Algeria Algeria 25 May 1963
Arab Republic of Egypt Egypt 25 May 1963
Libya Libya 25 May 1963
Islamic Republic of Mauritania Mauritania 25 May 1963
Kingdom of Morocco  Morocco 1963/31 January 2017
Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic Sahrawi Republic 22 February 1982
Republic of Tunisia Tunisia 25 May 1963

SOUTHERN AFRICA

Member StateAbbreviationDate of joining
the OAU or AU
Republic of AngolaAngola11 February 1975
 Republic of BotswanaBotswana31 October 1966
 Kingdom of EswatiniEswatini24 September 1968
Kingdom of LesothoLesotho31 October 1966
 Republic of MalawiMalawi13 July 1964
 Republic of MozambiqueMozambique18 July 1975
 Republic of NamibiaNamibiaJune 1990
Republic of South Africa South Africa6 June 1994
Republic of ZambiaZambia16 December 1964
Republic of ZimbabweZimbabwe18 June 1980

WESTERN AFRICA

Member StateAbbreviationDate of joining
the OAU or AU
 Republic of BeninBenin25 May 1963
 Burkina Faso Burkina Faso25 May 1963
 Republic of Cabo Verde Cabo Verde18 July 1975
 Republic of Côte d’Ivoire Côte d’Ivoire25 May 1963
 Republic of the GambiaGambia 9 March 1965
 Republic of GhanaGhana 25 May 1963
 Republic of GuineaGuinea 25 May 1963
 Republic of Guinea-Bissau Guinea-Bissau 19 November 1973
 Republic of LiberiaLiberia 25 May 1963
 Republic of MaliMali 25 May 1963
 Republic of NigerNiger 25 May 1963
 Federal Republic of NigeriaNigeria 25 May 1963
 Republic of SenegalSenegal 25 May 1963
 Republic of Sierra Leone Sierra Leone 25 May 1963
 Togolese RepublicTogo 25 May 1963