50 Fascinating Facts About Togo

Togo, a country in West Africa, is a fascinating destination with its customs and civilizations. Despite having a challenging political environment for almost half of the twentieth century, they have surmounted these challenges and now enjoy a stable state. Here are some of the country's most fascinating facts which you must be aware of before visiting Togo!

Fascinating Facts

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Between the 16th and 8th centuries, Togo and its neighboring territories were known as "the slave coast" because Europeans would visit the region in quest of slaves. Slavery was eventually abolished in Togo in the nineteenth century.
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Traditional Togolese dwellings are handcrafted from mud and have thatched roofs. They come in many shapes and sizes, and some even resemble tiny castles!
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Voodoo is indeed the oldest traditional type of African religion within West Africa, with its heartlands in Togo and Benin. Don't be shocked if you end yourself at a Voodoo market. There are a lot of them, and they're famous.
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Between the 16th and 18th centuries, Togo and its surrounding territories were known as "the slave coast" because Europeans would visit the region in quest of slaves.
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Togo has a long religious history. It is made up of 29% Christians, 20% Muslims, and 51% indigenous people.
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Togo has secular holidays. The 1st of January is Fete National, while the 27th of April is Independence Day. These events provide new employment possibilities and attract more visitors.
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In Togo, traditional healing practices are commonly practised. Each facility has a herbalist on staff. Medical treatments often include regular trips to the Vodou home and the local Fetish priest.
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In Togo, public displays of love are rare. Only men and boys are permitted to go hand in hand. Coupling is kept private and is not influenced by parents. Only in a few ethnic groups, such as the Tchama, do parents plan for courtship.
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Togolese often eat two to three meals every day and are pretty friendly. Starch-rich foods like maize, cassava, and rice make up the bulk of each meal. Goat meat, seafood, and beans are common proteins offered with everyday meals.
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Food is not offered during ceremonial activities, except for animist rites in which animals are slaughtered, prepared, and served. But, beer and gin are required. On occasions, the wealthier middle-class Togolese are offered a three- or four-course French supper.
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Togo's society was split along traditional as well as non-traditional lines. The elite are the monarchs, Vodou priests, including paramount chiefs. The contemporary elite includes the educated, corporate professionals, and government leaders.
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The Togolese football team competed in the FIFA World Cup final in 2006.
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The Portuguese first arrived in Togo in the 15th century, but they did not stay.
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Slavery ended in Togo in the nineteenth century.
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According to studies, cash crops like cotton, cocoa, and coffee account for 20% of Togo's export earnings.
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As a member of the West African Economic & Monetary Union (WAEMU), Togo has also seen similar treatment from both local and international companies.
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Children stay at home until they are five years old. Once a child reaches this age, they are required to attend school for formal instruction.
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Togo's population has a parasite, venereal, digestive, and respiratory health issues.
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Togo is a small yet long West African nation.
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Togo is about twice the size of Maryland, which is around 32,134 kilometres square, based on its area measurement of approximately 56,785 Kilometres square.
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The greeting is simply Bonjour (French) in Togo, which translates to "hello" in English.
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Togo is an African country that promotes respect; young children are trained to help the elderly, particularly when needed constantly.
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Are you aware that Togolese people use their heads to carry nearly everything? Even light things that may be easily grasped in their hands are carried on their heads.
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The Mono River, as well as its tributaries, are the most prominent rivers in the area, stretching 400 kilometres (250 miles).
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Togo has a 56-kilometre-long (35-mile-long) coastline near the Gulf of Guinea's Bight of Benin.
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Some of Togo's beaches are unsuitable for swimming due to a strong undertow. However, a natural coral reef provides some protection.
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From the 16th through the 18th century, Togo's coastline area and the surrounding region were dubbed "The Slave Coast" due to its prominence as an Atlantic slave-trading centre.
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Togo was controlled by Denmark in the 1700s before becoming a German protectorate in 1884. Germany exploited forced labour to establish plantations in the area.
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During World War I, Britain and France acquired Togoland from Germany and divided it between them.
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British Togoland voted in a referendum in 1956 to become a part of the Gold Coast (now Ghana). Before voting for and attaining complete independence in 1960, French Togoland was an independent republic within the French Union.
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Gnassingbe Eyadema was Togo's longest-serving president. He passed away in 2005. At the time of his death, he had governed for thirty-eight years, making him Africa's longest-serving dictator.
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Togo's primary ethnic group is the Ewe, who moved from Nigeria in the fourteenth century.
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Togo's national soccer team, which won the FIFA World Cup in 2006, catapulted the country into the global arena.
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In the 15th century, the Portuguese landed in Togo but did not remain.
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Togo abolished slavery in the eighteenth century.
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Cocoa, coffee, and cotton account for 20% of Togo's export revenues.
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Cotton is the most significant cash crop in the world.
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The government contributes to tax responsibility by investing 25.5 percent of the gross domestic product in development.
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Togolese businesses raise prices in order to maximize profits. So, if you're in the country, always haggle for the price and see how cheap you can get the goods.
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Togo has a large number of limestone mines, which have produced job possibilities. The mines have enhanced Togo's export market share.
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Togo's constitution lacks well-defined regulations for the protection of real privately owned property and inheritance.
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The Togolese Abdoulaye Fauna Reserve, established as a protected area in 1951, spans up to 300 km2.
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In the midst of a regional spike in maritime piracy, Togo's protected territorial waters have become excellent zones for international shippers.
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Togo is one of the world's leading phosphate producers, with coffee, cocoa, and cotton contributing 20% of total export revenues.
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In 2014, Togo's federal government cut company registration costs and built an electronic customs infrastructure to streamline import and export processes.
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Togo has a low proportion of educated individuals, with women having the most significant rate of illiteracy.
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Respect for elders is highly valued in African culture. In Togo, if an older person is carrying heavy goods, you should instantly remove them from them. Don't abandon them with it.
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Inadequate funding for youth development initiatives has resulted in a rise in poverty and, as a result, greater criminality.
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Togo's government barely gives 24.7 percent of the funding needed for education.
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Togo's education system is deplorable. As a result, graduates are not entirely prepared to manage today's dynamic globe.

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