Before today’s name ‘Africa’, our continent was called with different names by our forefathers.
These names are explained below;
Afrika: Similar to the native words, Kongo (Congo) and Akkra (Accra), it is reported that original
Afrikan languages spelled Afrika with a “k.” After European colonialism, the letter “k” was
substituted by the letter “c.” To further support this theory many look to the Dutch spelling of
Afrikaaners.

Afraka: According to the Doghon University of Thought, it is believed there is a West Afrakan
civilization in Mali identified as the Do(h)gons.
The Do(h)gons“defined our identity as AfRAkan and while the term may appear similar it is
unlike the word African in that it has a meaning that is defined by us and not a European
explorer. AfRAka means First-Sun-Soul.”
Africa: Originated from the Egyptian word “Afru-ika”which is translated to “Motherland.”(Dr.
Van Sertima).
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It is also reported the spelling of Africa originated from Romans who conquered Carthage and
identified the continent as Africa terra (feminine form of Africus) meaning the land of the North
African tribe, Afri.
Other theories for the origin of the spelling of Africa stems from the adjective for Africa in
Latin“Afer,” which means Black or Dark and “Aprica” meaning “Sunny.”
The spelling of Africa originates from the Greek word phrike, combined with the negating
prefix a-, Aphrike means land free of cold or horror.
Alke-bulan: According to Kemetic History “(A)mong the many names Alkebu-lan [“mother of
mankind” or “garden of eden”] was called the following: “Ethiopia, Corphye, Ortegia, Libya and
Africa – the latest of all.
Alkebulan is the oldest and the only one of indigenous origin. It was used by the Moors,
Nubians, Numidians, Khart-Haddans (Carthagenians), and Ethiopians.

The name Africa is the current misnomer adopted by almost everyone today.

Source: theafricanhistory.com