Top Ten Togolese Attractions

Top Ten Togolese Attractions

       Togo is a country in West Africa bordered by Ghana, Benin and Burkina Faso. It extends south to the Gulf of Guinea, on which the capital Lomé is located. Togo covers an area of approximately 57,000 square km (22,000 square mi) with a population of approximately 6.7 million. Togo is a tropical, sub-Saharan nation, highly dependent on agriculture, with a climate that provides good growing seasons. While the official language is French, there are many other languages spoken in Togo, particularly those of the Gbe family. The largest religious groups in Togo are those with indigenous beliefs, but there are significant Christian and Muslim minorities. 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 in search of slaves, earning Togo and the surrounding region the name “The Slave Coast.” In 1884,Germany declared Togo land a protectorate. After WWI, rule over Togo was transferred to France. Togo gained its independence from France in 1960. In 1967, Gnassingbé Eyadéma led a successful military coup, after which he became president. At the time of his death in 2005, Eyadéma was the longest-serving leader in modern African history, after having been president for 38 years. In 2005, his son Faure Gnassingbé was elected president.

  1. Koutammouko

           Koutammouko, the Land of the Batammariba is a cultural landscape designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in northern Togo. The area features traditional mud tower-houses which remain the preferred style of living.
    Links: Top 100 Houses, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Koutammakou,_the_Land_of_the_Batammariba,
  2. Lomé

           Lomé, with an estimated population of 737,751, is the capital and largest city of Togo. Located on the Gulf of Guinea, Lomé is the country’s administrative and industrial center and its chief port. The city exports coffee, cocoa, copra and palm kernels. It also has an oil refinery.
    Links: Sculptures, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lom%C3%A9,
  3. Links: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Togo,