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Togo - Africa in miniature

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Togo seems to be squeezed between neighboring Ghana, Burkina Faso and Benin, but this small country manages to include dense forests, lagoons of the coast, long sandy beaches and swampy plains. Besides the natural beauty, diverse and interesting local population, the unstable political atmosphere and varied colonial history make it worth Togo, called "Africa in miniature".

Country's history is characterized by political instability, but if you ignore this, you have a lot of interesting things to explore in Togo. Lome is the capital of the Gulf of Benin and contains a rich architectural heritage of colonial times German, Portuguese and British. Inside the country awaits noisy waterfalls, lush rain forest, traditional villages of Koutammakou Batammariba populations, national parks with the African buffalo, elephants, antelopes and many species of birds and plantations of cocoa, coffee and palm trees.

The main attractions

• Lome is the only capital in the world located right near the border. The city is a blend of traditional and modern. Stroll through the fetishes market with voodoo amulets weird, lotions and potions.

• Visit Togoville, the place where the treaty was signed between the German and leader Mlapa III. Chief still shows visitors copies of the treaty. In the village there are many voodoo altars and Roman Catholic cathedral built by the Germans.

• Discover Aneho, the country's colonial capital until 1920, which has preserved colonial special atmosphere - Church of St Peter and Paul in the nineteenth century German Protestant Church and cemetery.

• Explore the short side, where there are several fishing villages, which sometimes are also examples of colonial architecture.

• Watch wildlife in National Park near Fazao Sokode, Keran National Park Lion's lair near Kara and southwest of Dapaong.

• Admire the traditional houses of clay Takienta Koutammakou, listed as UNESCO World Heritage since 2004.

• Every year in October you can watch whales in the Gulf of Benin.


Togo cuisine is renowned in the region and chefs in this country are found in restaurants and hotels all over West Africa. The consumed food is corn, wheat which is made a polenta called "pates" or "Akuma". Polenta is served with the 'sauces', thick stews usually made of vegetables or meat and fish. Another famous dish is "Fufu". This involves a ritual food: vegetables first crush called yam, until a dough consistency gain. Noise made by crushing Fufu is one of the most common in Togo. Of cassava plant, is made flour, which also uses to a kind of polenta.

Togo's eating habits have been influenced by colonial times. German beer is very popular and is preferred baguettes, instead of cake bread.


Voltaic peoples and Kwa was first inhabitants. Ewe followed in the fourteenth century and eighteenth century Ane. Danes have claimed territory in the late eighteenth century, but in 1884 it established a German colony (Togoland). The area was divided between British and French under League of Nations mandate after World War. British portion voted for union with the Ghana. French portion became Togo, which declared its independence in April 1960.

The first democratically elected president was Sylvano Olympus, removed in 1963. He was shot by Sgt. Etienne Eyadema while trying to climb walls embassy, seeking asylum. The government of Nicolas Grunitzky was removed in a bloodless coup in 1967. Eyadema assumed the presidency, suspended the constitution, banned political parties and created a cult of personality in Ur of the presidency. Under pressure from the West, Eyadema legalized political parties in 1993. In 2005, after 38 years of dictatorship, Eyadema died. The ounces after his death the army installed his son as president, Faure Gnassingbe. He resigned the same month and agreed to elections. Chairman and Gnassingbe came from Edem Kodjo as prime minister, opposition leader. In 2006, the government and six political parties signed an agreement stipulating the creation of a transitional government that would include opposition parties.

Useful information

Colonial heritage has resulted in Christian religions and diversity of European languages in Togo. Voodoo religion has a strong influence and many young girls, after a period of initiation, his life to the religion and voodoo priests in the villages.

Capital: Lome
Local time: GMT
Main languages spoken: French (official)
Currency: CFA franc in January (Communauté Financière Africaine) = 100 cents