Customs and traditions
In Togo, the family, family and clan are most
often the individual's social safety net. In the
countryside, the extended family functions as a social
and economic entity, while in the cities it is common
for every household to take care of themselves.
In the countryside you still live in traditional
villages of various kinds. In the cities, those who can
invest their savings on their own houses, often built
from home-made bricks. The houses usually have a high
wall all around and cooking is mostly done outdoors,
even in the city.
Overview of the capital city of Togo, including information about its population, economy, geography, history and map.
In the cooking section, it is the women who rule, but
it is the man who is the head of the family and it is
primarily the man who inherits his relatives. Sometimes
the man gives a gift in the form of money or something
else valuable to the woman's parents when they get
married and the man is then considered entitled to any
children. However, it is the woman, both the mother and
all other female family members, who take care of the
children. Official polygamy is no longer so common (but
men often have several women anyway).
Lifestyles and meals
Although many, especially in rural areas, still wear
traditional African clothing, Western or
Western-influenced clothing is becoming more common. In
the countryside, it is considered successful that can
afford sheet metal roofs on its house and telephone; In
the cities, the western lifestyle is a sign of success.
The traditional elite (usually in the countryside)
include chiefs and voodoo priests; to the modern elite
(mainly in the cities) are government officials,
entrepreneurs and highly educated.
In Togo, one rarely sees public affection between the
sexes; however, men / boys often hold each other's
hands. You look up to the elderly. A guest is greeted by
a traditional greeting ceremony with many questions
about the family and offer of water. In the countryside,
where cutlery may not be used when eating, it is
important to use only the right hand (the left is used
for completely different things).
In Togo, you usually eat 2-3 times a day. The basis
of all meals is something starchy like cassava, corn,
rice, jams or plantains (a kind of banana that
is cooked or deep-fried). For the main meal you eat
something rich in protein, such as fish, goat and beef
or beans in a spicy sauce. Many also eat fruits and
vegetables. In the cities, French basic goods are
common, like baguettes. At festive occasions, beverages
such as beer, gin and the distilled palm wine
sodabi are used.
National symbols and holidays
Togo's flag consists of three green and two yellow
longitudinal stripes and a red square with a white star
in the middle in the upper left corner. Togo's national
anthem is called Terre de nos aïeux ("The Land of Our
Ancestors") and was adopted as a national anthem by the
independence of France in 1960 (between 1979 and 1992,
during Gnassingbé Eyadéma's dictatorship, another
national anthem was used). It is of course played on
Independence Day on April 27, which is a holiday. Other
holidays are New Year's Day, National Liberation Day on
January 13 and Victory Day on January 24; May 1;
Halloween day, November 1, and Christmas Day and more.
In addition, a number of other Christian and Muslim
celebrations are celebrated.
Funerals are important events and many spend large
sums on a proper farewell to a beloved relative. The
ceremonies, which can include anything from bands and
choirs to football tournaments and banquets, can last
Cooperation with the opposition
President Gnassingbé and opposition leader Gilchrist Olympio enter into a
government cooperation agreement. This causes the Olympics UFC party to split.
President Gnassingbé reelected
4th of March
In the presidential election, Faure Gnassingbé is re-elected. Parts of the
opposition refuse to accept the result and demonstrate that the election should
be re-elected. International election observers believe that the election was
fair and that the shortcomings that have occurred have not affected the result.
Angolan rebels shoot Togo football national team
Two officials are killed when Togo's national football team is shot by
Angolan rebels in Cabinda during the African Championships. The Togo government
forces the team to go home, which leads to Togo being excluded from the 2012 and