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Key Facts & Information
- Starting in the 12th century, the area that is now the country of Togo was inhabited by the Ewe tribal people.
- The Portuguese were the earliest Europeans to arrive in the area, doing so in the 15th century.
- The area turned into a major part of the slave trade, with the coast of Togo being part of the Slave Coast.
- In 1884, Togo was established as a German colony called Togoland. It was one of the best colonies of Germany, as it was Germany’s only self-supporting colony.
- The area was invaded by France and Britain in 1914.
- It was divided between the British and the French under League of Nations mandates after World War I.
- The British portion voted for incorporation with Ghana, while the French portion became Togo.
- French Togoland attained its independence as the Republic of Togo in 1960.
- In 1967, a military general named Gnassingbe Eyadema took power and became the ruler of Togo.
- He ruled as a dictator from 1967 until he died in 2005.
- Togo then elected his son as the succeeding president.
- Some people in Togo say that the election of the country has been unfair.
- Togo is one of the smallest countries in Africa, with an area equal to 56,785 km2.
- In comparison, Togo is slightly smaller than West Virginia.
- Togo is a long, narrow country that shares borders with Ghana, Burkina Faso, and Benin. In the south, there is a short coastline on the Atlantic Ocean. There are also shallow ponds called lagoons near the coast.
- The Togo Mountains cross central Togo, and plains cover the north.
- The highest point of Togo is Mont Agou, at 986 meters tall.
- Togo experiences a hot climate with dry and rainy seasons.
- Most of the residents of Togo are farmers. According to the CIA Factbook, agriculture provides jobs for 65% of the labor force.
- The main food crops are cassava, yams, and corn. Also, many locals raise sheep, goats, and pigs.
- Farmers additionally produce coffee, cocoa, and cotton. Another source of food is fishing. Togo’s main industry is the mining of phosphates, which are used to make fertilizers.
- According to UN data, the 2020 population size of Togo is estimated at 7,278,724. This is a 2.71% growth rate, and the population has been growing steadily. The rural settlements are devoted to pastures or agriculture and house more than 50% of the population.
- Togo has 40 ethnic groups. The main groups are the Kabye’ in the northern part, the Tchamba and Kotokoli in the central part, and the Ewe, which is the largest group, in the southern part.
- 29% of the population of Togo is Christian, and 20% is Muslim. However, despite these influences, over half of the people, roughly 51%, practice indigenous beliefs and native animistic practices.
- The official language and language of commerce is French. Major African languages are Ewe and Gen, which are practiced in the south, and Kabiyé and Kotokoli (or Tem), which are practiced in the north.
- The culture of Togo is influenced by several ethnic groups mostly the Ewe, Tchamba, Tem, Mina, and Kabre.
- Culture and indigenous beliefs are displayed through artwork such as statues, wood carvings, and hunting trophies rather than the more common African masks.
- The well-known statuettes of the Ewe are created for the worship of the ibeji.
- Another famous example is the “chains of marriage” wood carving from the artisanal center of Kloto, which only uses one piece of wood to show two characters connected through rings.
- They also use dyed fabric batiks to produce colorful, stylized depictions of ancient everyday life.
- Paul Ahyi, a plastics technician, is internationally recognized today for practicing the “zota”, a kind of pyroengraving, and his monumental achievements decorate Lomé.
- Sodabi is the official Togolese drink. This is a liquor that is formulated from the distillation of palm wine.
- On August 12, 2008, Togo won its first medal ever, with Benjamin Boukpeti (son of a Togolese father and French mother) winning a bronze in the Men’s K1 Kayak Slalom.
- The most recognized sport is football, which is also the national sport of Togo.
- In January 2010, the Togo National Football team made news when their team bus was fired upon while they were attending the African Nations Cup in Angola.
- There were two players who were injured while the team spokesman, the bus driver, and the assistant coach were killed. The Togo team withdrew from the tournament at the request of the government.
This is a fantastic bundle which includes everything you need to know about the Togo across 20 in-depth pages. These are ready-to-use Togo worksheets that are perfect for teaching students about the Togo, officially called the Togolese Republic, which is a small country in Africa. Togo is bordered by Ghana to the west, Benin to the east, and Burkina Faso to the north. Lomé is its capital city.
Complete List Of Included Worksheets
- Togo Facts
- Timeline of History
- Togo Info
- Truths vs Lies
- Gnassingbe Eyadema
- In Newsprint
- Togo Destinations
- Famous Foods
- Togo Phrasebook
- Poem Writing
- Togo Coat of Arms
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