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Togo
Togo
(/ˈtoʊɡoʊ/ ( listen)), officially the Togolese Republic (French: République Togolaise), is a sovereign state in West Africa
Africa
bordered by Ghana
Ghana
to the west, Benin
Benin
to the east and Burkina Faso to the north. It extends south to the Gulf of Guinea, where its capital Lomé
Lomé
is located. Togo
Togo
covers 57,000 square kilometres (22,008 square miles), making it one of the smallest countries in Africa, with a population of approximately 7.6 million.[6] From the 11th to the 16th century, various tribes entered the region from all directions. From the 16th century to the 18th century, the coastal region was a major trading center for Europeans to search for slaves, earning Togo
Togo
and the surrounding region the name "The Slave Coast". In 1884, Germany
Germany
declared a region including present-day Togo as a protectorate called Togoland. After World War I, rule over Togo was transferred to France. Togo
Togo
gained its independence from France
France
in 1960.[2] In 1967, Gnassingbé Eyadéma
Gnassingbé Eyadéma
led a successful military coup d'état after which he became president of an anti-communist, single-party state. Eventually in 1993, Eyadéma faced multiparty elections, which were marred by irregularities, and won the presidency three times. At the time of his death, Eyadéma was the longest-serving leader in modern African history, having been president for 38 years.[7] In 2005, his son Faure Gnassingbé
Faure Gnassingbé
was elected president. Togo
Togo
is a tropical, sub-Saharan nation, whose economy depends highly on agriculture, with a climate that provides good growing seasons. While the official language is French, many other languages are spoken in Togo, particularly those of the Gbe family. The largest religious group in Togo
Togo
consists of those with indigenous beliefs, and there are significant Christian
Christian
and Muslim
Muslim
minorities. Togo
Togo
is a member of the United Nations, African Union, Organisation of Islamic Cooperation, South Atlantic Peace and Cooperation Zone, Francophonie and Economic Community of West African States.

Contents

1 History

1.1 Before colonization (-1884) 1.2 Colonial era (1884–1960) 1.3 Independence
Independence
to present day (1960–present)

2 Geography

2.1 Climate 2.2 Flora and fauna

3 Government

3.1 Administrative divisions 3.2 Foreign relations 3.3 Military

4 Economy

4.1 Agriculture 4.2 Mining

5 Demographics

5.1 Largest cities 5.2 Ethnic groups 5.3 Religion 5.4 Languages

6 Health 7 Education 8 Culture

8.1 Sports

8.1.1 Olympics 8.1.2 Football 8.1.3 Basketball

8.2 Media

9 See also 10 References 11 Further reading 12 External links

History[edit] Main article: History of Togo Before colonization (-1884)[edit] Archaeological finds indicate that ancient tribes were able to produce pottery and process iron. The name Togo
Togo
is translated from the Ewe language as "land where lagoons lie". Not much is known of the period before arrival of the Portuguese in 1490. During the period from the 11th century to the 16th century, various tribes entered the region from all directions: the Ewé from the east, and the Mina and Gun from the west. Most of them settled in coastal areas. The slave trade began in the 16th century, and for the next two hundred years the coastal region was a major trading centre for Europeans in search of slaves, earning Togo
Togo
and the surrounding region the name "The Slave Coast". Colonial era (1884–1960)[edit]

Togoland
Togoland
(R. Hellgrewe, 1908)

In 1884, a paper was signed at Togoville
Togoville
with the King Mlapa III, whereby Germany
Germany
claimed a protectorate over a stretch of territory along the coast and gradually extended its control inland. Its borders were defined after the capture of hinterland by German forces and signing agreements with France
France
and Britain. In 1905, this became the German colony of Togoland. The local population was forced to work, cultivate cotton, coffee and cocoa and pay high taxes. A railway and the port of Lomé
Lomé
were built for export of agricultural products. The Germans introduced modern techniques of cultivation of cocoa, coffee and cotton and developed the infrastructure. During the First World War, Togoland
Togoland
was invaded by Britain and France, proclaiming the Anglo-French condominium. On 7 December 1916 the condominium collapsed and Togo
Togo
was divided into British and French zones. 20 July 1922 Great Britain
Great Britain
received the League of Nations mandate to govern the western part of Togo
Togo
and France
France
to govern the eastern part. In 1945, the country received the right to send three representatives to the French parliament. After World War II, these mandates became UN Trust Territories. The residents of British Togoland
Togoland
voted to join the Gold Coast as part of the new independent nation of Ghana
Ghana
in 1957. French Togoland
Togoland
became an autonomous republic within the French Union
French Union
in 1959, while France retained the right to control the defense, foreign relations and finances. Independence
Independence
to present day (1960–present)[edit]

Sylvanus Olympio

The Togolese Republic was proclaimed on 27 April 1960. In the first presidential elections in 1961, Sylvanus Olympio
Sylvanus Olympio
became the first president, gaining 100% of the vote in elections boycotted by the opposition. On 9 April 1961 the Constitution of the Togolese Republic was adopted, according to which the supreme legislative body was the National Assembly of Togo.[citation needed] In December 1961, leaders of opposition parties were arrested because they were accused of the preparation of an anti-government conspiracy. A decree was issued on the dissolution of the opposition parties. Olympio tried to reduce dependence on France
France
by establishing cooperation with the United States, Great Britain
Great Britain
and Germany. He also rejected efforts of French soldiers who were demobilized after the Algerian War
Algerian War
and tried to get a position in the Togolese army. These factors eventually led to a military coup on 13 January 1963, during which he was assassinated by a group of soldiers under the direction of Sergeant Gnassingbé Eyadéma.[8] A State of emergency was declared in Togo. The military handed over power to an interim government led by Nicolas Grunitzky. In May 1963 Grunitzky was elected President of the Republic. The new leadership pursued a policy of developing relations with France. His main aim was to dampen the divisions between north and south, promulgate a new constitution, and introduce a multiparty system. Exactly four years later, on 13 January 1967, Eyadéma Gnassingbé overthrew Grunitzky in a bloodless coup and assumed the presidency. He created the Rally of the Togolese People Party, banned activities of other political parties and introduced a one-party system in November 1969. He was reelected in 1979 and 1986. In 1983, the privatization program launched and in 1991 other political parties were allowed. In 1993, the EU froze the partnership, describing Eyadema's re-election in 1993, 1998 and 2003, as a seizure of power. In April 2004, in Brussels, talks were held between the European Union
European Union
and Togo
Togo
on the resumption of cooperation. Eyadéma Gnassingbé suddenly died on 5 February 2005 after 38 years in power, the longest occupation of any dictator in Africa. The military's immediate installation of his son, Faure Gnassingbé, as president provoked widespread international condemnation, except from France. Some democratically elected African leaders such as Abdoulaye Wade of Senegal
Senegal
and Olusegun Obasanjo
Olusegun Obasanjo
of Nigeria
Nigeria
supported the move, thereby creating a rift within the African Union.[9] Gnassingbe left the power and held elections, which he won two months later. The opposition declared that the election results were fraudulent. The events in 2005 led to re-question the commitment to democracy that Togo
Togo
had contracted in an attempt to normalize relations with the EU, which cut off aid in 1993 to the uncertainty of the human rights situation. In addition, up to 400 people were killed for political violence surrounding the presidential elections, according to the UN. Around 40,000 Togolese fled to neighboring countries. Faure Gnassingbé
Faure Gnassingbé
was reelected in 2010 and 2015. In late 2017, anti-government protests erupted in Togo, the biggest since ones after the 2005 election. They demand the resignation of Gnassingbé, who is part of a family they say has been in power too long. The UN has condemned the resulting crackdown by Togolese security forces, and Gambia's foreign minister, Ousainou Darboe, had to issue a correction after saying that Gnassingbé should resign.[10] Geography[edit]

Map of Togo

Main article: Geography of Togo Togo
Togo
has an area equal to 56,785 km2 (21,925 sq mi) and is one of the smallest countries in Africa. It borders the Bight of Benin
Benin
in the south; Ghana
Ghana
lies to the west; Benin
Benin
to the east; and to the north, Togo
Togo
is bound by Burkina Faso. Togo
Togo
lies mostly between latitudes 6° and 11°N, and longitudes 0° and 2°E. The coast of Togo
Togo
in the Gulf of Guinea
Gulf of Guinea
is 56 km long and consists of lagoons with sandy beaches. In the north the land is characterized by a gently rolling savanna in contrast to the center of the country, which is characterized by hills. The south of Togo
Togo
is characterized by a savanna and woodland plateau which reaches to a coastal plain with extensive lagoons and marshes. The highest mountain of the country is the Mont Agou
Mont Agou
at 986 m above sea level. The longest river is the Mono River
River
with a length of 400 km. It runs from north to south. Climate[edit] Main article: Climate
Climate
of Togo The climate is generally tropical with average temperatures ranging from 23 °C (73 °F) on the coast to about 30 °C (86 °F) in the northernmost regions, with a dry climate and characteristics of a tropical savanna. To the south there are two seasons of rain (the first between April and July and the second between September and November), even though the average rainfall is not very high. Flora and fauna[edit] The coast of Togo
Togo
is characterized by marshes and mangroves. High human population growth is leading to rapid deforestation, endangering many species. At least four parks and reserves have been established: Abdoulaye Faunal Reserve, Fazao Malfakassa National Park, Fosse aux Lions
Lions
National Park, and Kéran National Park. The most frequently observed animals are giraffes, cape buffalo, hyenas, and lions. Few elephants remain. Common birds are storks, cranes and marabou. Government[edit] Main article: Politics of Togo

Current president of Togo
Togo
Faure Gnassingbé
Faure Gnassingbé
since 2005

Gnassingbé Eyadéma
Gnassingbé Eyadéma
ruled Togo
Togo
from 1967 until his death in 2005

The President is elected by universal and direct suffrage for 5 years. He is also the commander of the armed forces and has the right to initiate legislation and dissolve parliament. Executive power is exercised by the president and the government. The head of government is the Prime Minister, who is appointed by the president. Togo's transition to democracy is stalled. Its democratic institutions remain nascent and fragile. President Gnassingbé Eyadéma, who ruled Togo
Togo
under a one-party system, died of a heart attack on 5 February 2005. Gravely ill, he was being transported by plane to a foreign country for care. He died in transit while over Tunisia. Under the Togolese Constitution, the President of the Parliament, Fambaré Ouattara Natchaba, should have become President of the country, pending a new presidential election to be called within sixty days. Natchaba was out of the country, returning on an Air France
France
plane from Paris.[11] The Togolese army, known as Forces Armées Togolaises (FAT), or Togolese Armed Forces, closed the nation's borders, forcing the plane to land in nearby Benin. With an engineered power vacuum, the Parliament
Parliament
voted to remove the constitutional clause that would have required an election within sixty days, and declared that Eyadema's son, Faure Gnassingbé, would inherit the presidency and hold office for the rest of his father's term.[11] Faure was sworn in on 7 February 2005, despite international criticism of the succession.[12] The African Union
African Union
described the takeover as a military coup d'état.[13] International pressure came also from the United Nations. Within Togo, opposition to the takeover culminated in riots in which several hundred died. There were uprisings in many cities and towns, mainly located in the southern part of the country. In the town of Aného
Aného
reports of a general civilian uprising followed by a large scale massacre by government troops went largely unreported. In response, Faure Gnassingbé
Faure Gnassingbé
agreed to hold elections and on 25 February, Gnassingbé resigned as president, but soon afterward accepted the nomination to run for the office in April.[14] On 24 April 2005, Gnassingbé was elected President of Togo, receiving over 60% of the vote according to official results. His main rival in the race had been Emmanuel Bob-Akitani from the Union des Forces du Changement (UFC) or Union of Forces for Change. However, electoral fraud was suspected, due to a lack of European Union
European Union
or other independent oversight.[15] Parliament
Parliament
designated Deputy President, Bonfoh Abbass, as interim president until the inauguration.[14] On 3 May 2005, Faure Gnassingbé
Faure Gnassingbé
was sworn in as the new president and the European Union
European Union
suspended aid to Togo
Togo
in support of the opposition claims, unlike the African Union
African Union
and the United States
United States
which declared the vote "reasonably fair." The Nigerian president and Chair of the AU, Olusẹgun Ọbasanjọ, sought to negotiate between the incumbent government and the opposition to establish a coalition government, but rejected an AU Commission appointment of former Zambian president, Kenneth Kaunda, as special AU envoy to Togo.[16][17] In June, President Gnassingbé named opposition leader Edem Kodjo
Edem Kodjo
as the prime minister. In October 2007, after several postponements, elections were held under proportional representation. This allowed the less populated north to seat as many MPs as the more populated south. The president-backed party Rally of the Togolese People (RPT) won outright majority with the UFC coming second and the other parties claiming inconsequential representation. Again vote rigging accusations were leveled at the RPT supported by the civil and military security apparatus. Despite the presence of an EU observer mission, canceled ballots and illegal voting took place, the majority of which in RPT strongholds. The election was declared fair by the international community and praised as a model with little intimidation and few violent acts for the first time since a multiparty system was reinstated. On 3 December 2007 Komlan Mally of the RPT was appointed to prime minister succeeding Agboyibor. However, on 5 September 2008, after only 10 months in office, Mally resigned as prime minister of Togo. Faure Gnassingbé
Faure Gnassingbé
won re-election in the March 2010 presidential election, taking 61% of the vote against Jean-Pierre Fabre
Jean-Pierre Fabre
from the UFC, who had been backed by an opposition coalition called FRAC (Republican Front for Change).[18] Though the March 2010 election was largely peaceful, electoral observers noted "procedural errors" and technical problems, and the opposition did not recognize the results, claiming irregularities had affected the outcome.[19][20] Periodic protests followed the election.[21] In May 2010, long-time opposition leader Gilchrist Olympio announced that he would enter into a power-sharing deal with the government, a coalition arrangement which provides the UFC with eight ministerial posts.[22][23] In June 2012, electoral reforms prompted protesters to take to the street in Lomé for several days; protesters sought a return to the 1992 constitution that would re-establish presidential term limits.[24] July 2012, saw the surprise resignation of the prime minister, Gilbert Houngbo.[25] Days later, the commerce minister, Kwesi Ahoomey-Zunu, was named to lead the new government. In the same month, the home of opposition leader Jean Pierre Fabre was raided by security forces, and thousands of protesters again rallied publicly against the government crackdown.[26] Administrative divisions[edit] Main articles: Regions of Togo
Regions of Togo
and Prefectures of Togo

Togo
Togo
is divided into five regions, which are subdivided in turn into 30 prefectures. From north to south the regions are Savanes, Kara, Centrale, Plateaux and Maritime. Foreign relations[edit] Main article: Foreign relations of Togo Although Togo's foreign policy is nonaligned, it has strong historical and cultural ties with western Europe, especially France
France
and Germany. Togo
Togo
recognizes the People's Republic of China, North Korea, and Cuba. It re-established relations with Israel in 1987. Togo
Togo
pursues an active foreign policy and participates in many international organizations. It is particularly active in West African regional affairs and in the African Union. Relations between Togo
Togo
and neighboring states are generally good. Military[edit] Main article: Military of Togo The military of Togo, in French FAT (Forces armées togolaises, "Togolese armed forces"), consists of the army, navy, air force, and gendarmerie. Total military expenditures during the fiscal year of 2005 totaled 1.6% of the country's GDP.[2] Military bases exist in Lomé, Temedja, Kara, Niamtougou, and Dapaong.[27] The current Chief of the General Staff is Brigadier General Titikpina Atcha Mohamed, who took office on 19 May 2009.[28] The air force is equipped with Alpha jets.[29] Economy[edit] Main article: Economy of Togo See also: List of companies based in Togo

Graphical depiction of Togo's product exports in 28 color-coded categories

Togo
Togo
is among the smallest countries in Africa, and enjoys one of the highest standards of living on the continent owing to its valuable phosphate deposits and a well-developed export sector based on agricultural products such as coffee; cocoa bean; and peanuts (groundnuts), which together generate roughly 30% of export earnings. The fertile land occupies 11.3% of the country, most of which is developed. Major crops are cassava, jasmine rice, corn and millet. Other important sectors are brewery and the textile industry. A permanent problem is the lack of electricity, because the country is able to produce only about a third of its consumption, the rest is covered by imports from Ghana
Ghana
and Nigeria. Low market prices for Togo’s major export commodities, however, coupled with the volatile political situation of the 1990s and early 2000s, had a negative effect on the economy.[30] Togo
Togo
is one of the least developed countries; the economic situation is still precarious. Togo
Togo
serves as a regional commercial and trade center. The government's decade-long efforts, supported by the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund
International Monetary Fund
(IMF), to carry out economic reforms, to encourage investment, and to create the balance between income and consumption has stalled. Political unrest, including private and public sector strikes throughout 1992 and 1993, jeopardized the reform program, shrank the tax base, and disrupted vital economic activity. Togo
Togo
imports machinery, equipment, petroleum products, and food. Main import partners are France
France
(21.1%), the Netherlands
Netherlands
(12.1%), Côte d'Ivoire (5.9%), Germany
Germany
(4.6%), Italy
Italy
(4.4%), South Africa
Africa
(4.3%) and China
China
(4.1%). The main exports are cocoa, coffee, re-export of goods, phosphates and cotton. Major export partners are Burkina Faso
Burkina Faso
(16.6%), China
China
(15.4%), the Netherlands
Netherlands
(13%), Benin
Benin
(9.6%) and Mali
Mali
(7.4%). In terms of structural reforms, Togo
Togo
has made progress in the liberalization of the economy, namely in the fields of trade and port activities. However, the privatization program of the cotton sector, telecommunications and water supply has stalled. The country currently has no debt due to financial assistance from the outside while Togo
Togo
is likely among the most beneficiary countries under the Initiative help in Heavily Indebted Poor Countries. 12 January 1994 devaluation of the currency by 50% provided an important impetus to renewed structural adjustment; these efforts were facilitated by the end of strife in 1994 and a return to overt political calm. Progress depends on increased openness in government financial operations (to accommodate increased social service outlays) and possible downsizing of the armed forces, on which the regime has depended to stay in place. Lack of aid, along with depressed cocoa prices, generated a 1% fall in GDP
GDP
in 1998, with growth resuming in 1999. Togo
Togo
is a member of the Organization for the Harmonization of Business Law in Africa
Africa
(OHADA).[31] Agriculture[edit] Agriculture
Agriculture
is the backbone of the economy, although it is struggling with a chronic shortage of funds for the purchase of irrigation equipment and fertilizers, which significantly reduces its performance. Agriculture
Agriculture
generated 28.2% of GDP
GDP
in 2012 and employed 49% of the working population in 2010. The country is essentially self-sufficient in food production. Livestock
Livestock
production is dominated by cattle breeding. Mining[edit] Mining
Mining
generated about 33.9% of GDP
GDP
in 2012 and employed 12% of the population in 2010. Togo
Togo
has the fourth largest phosphate deposits in the world. Their production is 2.1 million tons per year. Since the mid-90s, however, there has been a decline in the mining industry and government will need to invest heavily to sustain it. The mining industry is facing difficulties due to falling phosphate prices on world markets and increasing foreign competition. There are also reserves of limestone, marble and salt. The industry provides only 20.4% of national income, because it consists only of a few of light industry and builders. Large reserves of limestone allows Togo
Togo
to produce cement. Demographics[edit] Main article: Demographics of Togo

Women in Sokodé.

The November 2010 census gave Togo
Togo
a population of 6,191,155, more than double the total counted in the last census. That census, taken in 1981, showed the nation had a population of 2,719,567. The capital and largest city, Lomé, grew from 375,499 in 1981 to 837,437 in 2010. When the urban population of surrounding Golfe prefecture is added, the Lomé
Lomé
Agglomeration contained 1,477,660 residents in 2010.[32][33] Other cities in Togo
Togo
according to the new census were Sokodé (95,070), Kara (94,878), Kpalimé
Kpalimé
(75,084), Atakpamé
Atakpamé
(69,261), Dapaong
Dapaong
(58,071) and Tsévié
Tsévié
(54,474). With an estimated population of 7,606,374 (as of 2016[update]), Togo
Togo
is the 107th largest country by population. Most of the population (65%) live in rural villages dedicated to agriculture or pastures. The population of Togo
Togo
shows a strong growth: from 1961 (the year after independence) to 2003 it quintupled.[32][33] Largest cities[edit]

 

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Rank Name Region Pop.

Lomé

Sokodé 1 Lomé Maritime 749 700

Kara

Kpalimé

2 Sokodé Centrale 117 811

3 Kara Kara 104 207

4 Kpalimé Kpalime 95 974

5 Atakpamé Plateaux 80 683

6 Bassar Kara 61 845

7 Tsévié Maritime 55 775

8 Aného Maritime 47 579

9 Mango Savanes 37 748

10 Dapaong Savanes 33 324

Ethnic groups[edit]

People of Togo
Togo
in the 1980s

In Togo, there are about 40 different ethnic groups, the most numerous of which are the Ewe in the south who make up 32% of the population. Along the southern coastline they account for 21% of the population. Also found are Kotokoli or Tem and Tchamba
Tchamba
in the center and the Kabye people in the north (22%). The Ouatchis are 14% of the population. Sometimes the Ewes and Ouatchis are considered the same, but the French who studied both groups considered them different people.[34] Other Ethnic groups
Ethnic groups
include the Mina, Mossi, and Aja people (about 8%). There is also a European population who make up less than 1%. Religion[edit]

Religion in Togo
Togo
(2012 est.)[2]    Traditional African religion
Traditional African religion
(51%)    Christianity
Christianity
(29%)    Islam
Islam
(20%)

Church in Kpalime.

According to the CIA Factbook, approximately 29% of the population is Christian, 20% are Muslim, and 51% hold indigenous beliefs.[2] About 50% of the population adhere to Traditional African beliefs including animalism, fetishism (especially common), the cult of ancestors, the forces of nature, etc. Christianity
Christianity
in Roman Catholic form began to spread from the middle of the 15th century, after the arrival of the Portuguese colonizers. Germans brought Protestantism
Protestantism
in the late 19th century. Languages[edit] Main article: Languages of Togo Togo
Togo
is a multilingual country. According to one count, 39 languages are spoken.[35] Of the 39 languages, the official language is French. Two spoken indigenous languages were designated politically as national languages in 1975: Ewé (Ewe: Èʋegbe; French: Evé) and Kabiyé. French is used in formal education, administration and commerce. Ewe is a language of wider communication in the south. Tem functions to a limited extent as a trade language in some northern towns.[36] Officially, Ewe and Kabiye are "national languages", which in the Togolese context means languages that are promoted in formal education and used in the media. Despite the colonial past of the country, the German language was not widely propagated until the French takeover of the colony during World War I, and today it has no official status. Health[edit] Health expenditure was 5.2% of GDP
GDP
in 2014, which ranks the country in 45th place in the world.[37] The infant mortality rate is approximately 43.7 deaths per 1,000 children in 2016.[37] Male life expectancy at birth was at 62.3 in 2016, whereas it was at 67.7 years for females.[37] There were 5 physicians per 100,000 people in 2008[37] According to a 2013 UNICEF report,[38] 4% of women in Togo have undergone female genital mutilation, which is a significantly lower percentage than other countries in the region. As of 2015[update], the maternal mortality rate per 100,000 births for Togo
Togo
is 368, compared with 350 in 2010 and 539.7 in 1990.[37] The under 5 mortality rate, per 1,000 births is 100 and the neonatal mortality as a percentage of under 5's mortality is 32. In Togo
Togo
the number of midwives per 1,000 live births is 2 and the lifetime risk of death for pregnant women is 1 in 67.[39] In 2016, 5,100 people had HIV/AIDS.[37] Education[edit] Education in Togo is compulsory for six years.[40] In 1996, the gross primary enrollment rate was 119.6%, and the net primary enrollment rate was 81.3%.[40] In 2011, the net enrollment rate was 94%, one of the best in the West African sub-region. The education system has suffered from teacher shortages, lower educational quality in rural areas, and high repetition and dropout rates.[40] Culture[edit] Main articles: Culture of Togo and Music of Togo

Traditional Taberma houses

Togo's culture reflects the influences of its many ethnic groups, the largest and most influential of which are the Ewe, Mina, Tem, Tchamba and Kabre. Despite the influences of Christianity
Christianity
and Islam, over half of the people of Togo
Togo
follow native animistic practices and beliefs. Ewe statuary is characterized by its famous statuettes which illustrate the worship of the ibeji. Sculptures and hunting trophies were used rather than the more ubiquitous African masks. The wood-carvers of Kloto
Kloto
are famous for their "chains of marriage": two characters are connected by rings drawn from only one piece of wood. The dyed fabric batiks of the artizanal center of Kloto
Kloto
represent stylized and colored scenes of ancient everyday life. The loincloths used in the ceremonies of the weavers of Assahoun are famous. Works of the painter Sokey Edorh are inspired by the immense arid extents, swept by the dry wind, and where the soil keeps the prints of the men and the animals. The plastics technician Paul Ahyi
Paul Ahyi
is internationally recognized today. He practiced the "zota", a kind of pyroengraving, and his monumental achievements decorate Lomé. The official Togolese drink is called sodabi, a liquor that is created from the distillation of palm wine. Sports[edit]

Footballer Emmanuel Adebayor.

Olympics[edit] Main article: Togo
Togo
at the Olympics On 12 August 2008, Benjamin Boukpeti
Benjamin Boukpeti
(born to a Togolese father and a French mother) won a bronze medal in the Men's K1 Kayak Slalom, the first medal ever won by a member of the Togolese team at the Olympics. Football[edit] Main article: Football in Togo Football is the most recognized and national sport of Togo. Following suit with Nigeria, Ivory Coast, Cameroon, Ghana
Ghana
and Senegal, Togo qualified for the World Cup in 2006. Togo
Togo
did not record a win in the group stage. Togo
Togo
also qualified for CAF. Emmanuel Adebayor
Emmanuel Adebayor
is the most famous footballer for Togo, scoring 30 goals for the national team and 97 in the English Premier League. Basketball[edit] Main article: Togo
Togo
national basketball team Media[edit] Main article: Media of Togo See also[edit]

Geography portal Africa
Africa
portal Togo
Togo
portal

Association Scoute du Togo Communications in Togo Human rights in Togo Index of Togo-related articles Outline of Togo Togo
Togo
national football team Transport in Togo

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Further reading[edit]

Bullock, A L C, Germany's Colonial Demands (Oxford University Press, 1939). Gründer, Horst, Geschichte der deutschen Kolonien, 3. Aufl. (Paderborn, 1995). Mwakikagile, Godfrey, Military Coups in West Africa
West Africa
Since The Sixties (Nova Science Publishers, Inc., 2001). Packer, George, The Village of Waiting (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1988). Piot, Charles, Nostalgia for the Future: West Africa
West Africa
After the Cold War (University of Chicago Press, 2010). Schnee, Dr. Heinrich, German Colonization, Past and Future – the Truth about the German Colonies (George Allen & Unwin, 1926). Sebald, Peter, Togo
Togo
1884 bis 1914. Eine Geschichte der deutschen "Musterkolonie" auf der Grundlage amtlicher Quellen (Berlin, 1987). Seely, Jennifer, The Legacies of Transition Governments in Africa: The Cases of Benin
Benin
and Togo
Togo
(Palgrave Macmillan, 2009). Zurstrassen, Bettina, "Ein Stück deutscher Erde schaffen". Koloniale Beamte in Togo
Togo
1884–1914 (Frankfurt/M., Campus, 2008) (Campus Forschung, 931).

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