After running previous 11 editions, as the All Africa Games, the Games has now been renamed the "African Games", an official said. The Games returned to its birthplace, Brazzaville, in 2015, where it was first held 50 years ago in 1965 as the All Africa Games. Olabanji Oladapo, the Executive Secretary of Africa Table Tennis Federation explained that the decision for the name change was arrived at, during the Executive Council meeting of AU held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia in January 2012. He said the old six zones established under the SCSA had also been replaced by five regions. Previous hosts of the Games are Brazzaville 1965; Lagos (1973); Algiers 1978; Nairobi 1987; Egypt 1991; Harare1995; Johannesburg1999; Abuja 2003; Algiers 2007; Maputo 2011 and back to Brazzaville 2015. The Games are expected to be held every four years.