There are celebrations today in Conakry to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Guinean independence. Attendees included the Ivorian and Bissao-Guinean heads of state.
On October 2, 1958, Guinea declared independence from France, only four days after having voted overwhelmingly for it in a referendum. Guinea became the first colony in sub-Saharan Africa to breakaway from the France. Within two years, the French empire in Africa had evaporated.
Radio France Internationale has look back (in French) of Guinea's first half century as well as interviews with Guineans of various backgrounds.