Which City in Africa?

Can you name these African cities based on their starting letter and a description?
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Last updated: December 16, 2019
First submittedNovember 23, 2017
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Description
Letter
City
Most populous city in the Middle East
C
Cairo
Neighbour of the above. Where one could visit the Pyramids.
G
Giza
Capital of Nigeria, prior to 1991
L
Lagos
Literally means "White House". Location of a Bogart-Bergman movie.
C
Casablanca
Capital of Kenya
N
Nairobi
Formerly known as "Léopoldville", it hosted a legendary Ali vs. Foreman fight
K
Kinshasa
The terminus of a famous rally that took place from 1972-2007
D
Dakar
Hosted the 2010 FIFA World Cup final
J
Johannesburg
Former sultanate. Once the world's largest clove producer.
Z
Zanzibar
Its lighthouse used to be one of the Ancient Wonders of the World
A
Alexandria
Moroccan city where one could find the "Jemaa el-Fnaa" market square
M
Marrakesh
Southernmost city in Africa
C
Cape Town
Capital whose name is very similar to the name of its country
A
Algiers
Largest city on Lake Victoria
K
Kampala
Located near the ancient city of Carthage
T
Tunis
Where the African Union is headquartered
A
Addis Ababa
Ancient capital of Egypt. Formerly known as "Thebes"
L
Luxor
Where Colonel Gaddafi exercised his power
T
Tripoli
This city in Mali was once a prosperous center of trans-Saharan trade
T
Timbuktu
Site of the largest dam on the Nile River
A
Aswan
Many Kilimanjaro hikers fly into this Tanzanian city
A
Arusha
Capital of Angola. One of the world's most expensive cities due to an oil boom.
L
Luanda
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Level 81
Nov 26, 2017
I'll whine again, but you could say Tunis - Tunisia are very similar too, so I don't think the clue for Algiers - Algeria is very good. Also the plural of city is cities. "City's" is the genitive. (Capital of Angola clue.)
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Level 83
Nov 26, 2017
Yeah, but with the first letter, there is no ambiguity.
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Level 58
Feb 13, 2018
The initial letter has been given - it's obvious it can't be Tunis when you know it starts with A.
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Level 81
Feb 13, 2018
That's not the point. I figured out that it was Algiers because it starts with A, but Tunis would otherwise be a better answer for that clue. It would be like if I made a clue "Largest city in the United States" and in the next column specified that the answer starts with L. New York is the correct answer, but you'd have no trouble figuring out that the answer on the quiz is Los Angeles. The second best answer shouldn't be the correct answer just because the quiz maker made it possible to figure out that he/she was going to accept the second best answer as the answer.
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Level 81
Feb 13, 2018
And no, there is no question that Tunis is the correct answer for that clue. Tunis becomes Tunisia with no change to the original spelling, whereas you have to modify Algiers to get Algeria. Tunis + ia = Tunisia. Alg - i + er - s + ia = Algeria. Which seems closer to you?
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Level 73
Feb 14, 2018
@sumguy yeah sure, except that Los Angeles is NOT the largest city in the US, which makes your example clue completely wrong. So I don’t see what you are trying to tell us. Algiers doubtlessly sounds similar to Algeria (even if not as strongly bonded as Tunis and Tunisia). Besides, it’s really hard to find an original clue for Algiers, unless the fact that it is the capital of Algeria and on the Mediterranean...
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Level 50
Jun 4, 2018
I think it's pretty obvious when the starting letter is A. As has been said, making a US quiz and saying Los Angeles was the largest city would just be wrong, whereas it is not wrong to say that the word Algiers is very similar to Algeria.
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Level 65
Mar 20, 2019
In French, Algiers is Alger ( pronounciation Al-Jay) so it's a good clue in French but not in English. Alger is to Algeria that Tunis is to Tunisia ( Algérie and Tunisie in the French language )
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Level 70
Feb 13, 2020
It says "very similar", not "the most similar". In this case, it could be either one, but when the initial letter is given, it has to be Algiers
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Level 61
May 31, 2020
In this case, the answer isn't a superlative. There can be more than one answer, and there is (Algiers and Tunis). The example of the largest city in the United States isn't comparable because there's only one answer, which isn't Los Angeles, which argued. Algiers and Tunis can both be similar to their countries (Algeria and Tunisia), and it isn't mutually exclusive. The letter makes the answer less ambiguous as well.
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Level 72
Sep 30, 2020
The question and the answer are both fine. We are given the initial letter, so therefore it cannot be Tunis.
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Level 71
Jun 2, 2018
Djibouti and Djibouti are not similar, but the same. Nevertheless it was the first thing which I thought of :) Doesn't make it the answer we're looking for.
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Level 60
Jul 6, 2020
Please tell us. Why are you doing this? Why are you arguing for something that is clearly not correct and you must know it? Is it just to feel like being intelectually superior or something? Please, no hard feelings, I'm actually interested.
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Level 69
Jun 24, 2021
I think some people are only (and rightly, in my view) pointing out that it would be ideal if each clue could only lead to one city, and the letters were to help rather than actually being part of the clue.
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Level 66
Sep 30, 2021
If you were to ask someone this question in a pub, you'd say "What's an African capital, starting with A, whose name is similar to its country's name?" All of the information in that question is in the quiz question. There *is* only one answer to the question.
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Level 57
Oct 4, 2021
Algeria and Tunisia aren't the only ones with similar country/capital name. São Tomé in Sao Tome and Principe, Bissau in Guinea-Bissau.

Even Moroni is slightly similar to Comoros.

But yeah, none other than Algiers starts with A.

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Level 72
Nov 26, 2017
So THAT'S what happened to Thebes!! I never bothered to look it up, but always assumed that it had just been abandoned/destroyed at some point.
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Level 73
Nov 27, 2017
"One of the world's most expensive city's"?
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Level 72
Feb 13, 2018
Arusha also has the headquarters of the East African Community - in case you want a clue that's less tourist-centric. (And anyway, the airport that almost all such tourists fly to is a very long way from Arusha - it's closer to Moshi, and doesn't have Arusha in its name.)
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Level 48
Feb 13, 2018
Should probably allow Tombouctou given it's francophone Africa?
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Level 53
Feb 19, 2018
Since it's the name in their official language, i'd say yes.
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Level 73
Feb 13, 2018
Too Egypt-centric :-P
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Level 68
Dec 27, 2019
I was thinking the same.
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Level 59
Feb 26, 2018
I knew about Zanzibar thanks to the ''History of the World, I guess'' video (Bill Wurtz). ''The Sultan of Oman lives in Zanzibar now [(jingly sound)]. That's just where he lives''.
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Level 50
Jun 4, 2018
Ha ha. I love that video.
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Level 68
Mar 7, 2018
Could Assuan please be made a type-in for Aswan? I can never remember which spelling you want.
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Level 74
Feb 23, 2021
The modern English spelling
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Level 67
Feb 23, 2020
Surprised that Arusha is so low. I assumed from all the buzz surrounding it, it would be more commonly guessed.
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Level 74
Feb 29, 2020
I've been there and I still forgot it.
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Level 63
Oct 1, 2021
That "buzz" never made it to my neck of the woods. Only one I didn't know.
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Level 67
Feb 5, 2021
Anyone else first see "Rust" from MW2 in the quiz pic? Lol
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Level 74
Aug 5, 2021
Hmmm...so for the Z one i tried Zamunda...until i realized that was the name of the kingdom in the movie Coming to America. Oops.
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Level 72
Sep 30, 2021
Tried Kisumu for the Lake Victoria question (which, in any case, must be smaller than Mwanza). Although the answer is correct, Kisumu is very much a lake town, whereas Kampala has expanded to the lake - and feels about as focused on the lake as Rome does on the Mediterranean.