Togo

Country Information:

The capital of Togo is Lome. There are approximately 9 million people living here. The official language of Togo is French, with Ewe and Mina spoken in the South; Kabye and Dagomba spoken in the North. The majority of Togolese practice an indigenous belief. Major exports of Togo include cotton, phosphates, coffee, and cocoa.

Jims Perspectives:

Togo is a country known for its scenic wonders in the least populated and hilly parts of the country. Adventurers must visit Koutammakou in the hilly Tamberma Valley. The local people, known as the Batammariba people live in Takienta, or “tower-houses” made of mud and straw. Takienta houses are arguably the national symbol of Togo. Though the journey is long and difficult, the reward is worth the journey! Also of interest is Kpalime, Togo’s coffee growing region. Lake Togo is another beautiful site for tourists to visit. The lagoon is rich with history and is home to the Notre Dame Cathedral, a 1910 architectural wonder with painting of African saints on the side. Close by in Agbodrafo village, the Slave House—quarters for enslaved African peoples to be kept before being shipped off to the Americas—is still standing as a historical landmark.

Togo, which half of the size of Benin, seems to have made greater technological advances in upgraded construction materials, etc.. For such a small country I found it to be quite modern.

Highlight of my stay in Lome in 2017 was visiting the world’s largest voodoo marker [Fetish Market] and speaking with one of the shamans.

Stayed at the Radisson Blu, which has to be one of the nicest hotels in all of West Africa.

 

Togo has an extensive and wide coastline
In my yellow moto-taxi shirt that I bought from you guessed it .. a moto-taxi driver!

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