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Togo: The Francophone Country

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Nicholas Jegede

on 12 December 2012

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By: Nicholas & Richard Geography Population Languages Food Togo, also known as the République Togolaise or, in English, the Togolese Republic, is a country in West Africa bordered by Ghana, Benin and Burkina Faso. Togo has an area of approximately 57,000 square kilometres (22,000 sq mi) with a population of approximately 6.7 million. Togo has (according to the estimate in 2009) approximately 6 million 6 hundred 19 thousand (6,619,000) people. Most of these people are French speaking. French is the official language of Togo and is the language of commerce. The many indigenous African languages spoken by Togolese include: Gbe languages such as Ewe and Mina (the two major African languages in the south), Kabiyé (in the north), as well as Kotokoli or Tem, Aja, Akessele, Bassar, Losso, and others. In Togo, breakfast normally is a porridge called aklui zogbon that is eaten with a doughnut tasting ball called botoquoin. For lunch, they have white rice and tomato sauce with a side of chicken and or fish. La Pate are essentially balls of rice or corn that are mashed into a white dough-like paste. Akoemhe is eaten because it is extremely filling, so the Togolese eat it with many different sauces to give it some flavour. Culture Togo: The Francophone Country Togo's culture shows the influences which are the Ewe, Mina, Tem, Tchamba and Kabre. Aside the influences of Christianity and Islam, over half of the people of Togo follow native practices and beliefs. Ewe is characterized by it's famous statuettes which illustrate the worship of the ibeji. Sculptures and hunting trophies were used rather than the African masks. The wood-carvers of Kloto are famous for their "chains of marriage": two characters are connected by rings drawn from only one piece of wood.
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