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Bienvenue au Togo!
    2018-08-27  08:53    Shenzhen Daily

James Baquet

Togo — officially, the Togolese Republic — is one of Africa’s smallest countries, a long, narrow nation squeezed in between Ghana on the west, Benin on the east, and Burkina Faso across the top.

The area was subject to immigration by various tribes from the 11th to the 16th centuries. For the next two centuries, these residents were victims of the harsh practice of slaving, as Togo is located along the Bight of Benin on what was once called the “Slave Coast.”

The Atlantic slave trade was triangular. Slaves were transported from Africa to the Americas; cash crops grown in the Caribbean by slave labor were sent to Europe (or, in another variation, to New England in what is now the United States); and manufactured goods were sent back to Africa to pay for the slaves (which usually had been captured by other Africans). As you can see, this reduced human beings to the status of mere commodities.

Germany created “Togoland” in 1884, an area which included modern Togo and part of Ghana. This was split between Great Britain and France in 1916. French Togoland became modern Togo. Independence was gained in 1960, but French remains the national language, with several recognized native tongues. The only “slogan” I could find to use as this article’s title was French for “Welcome to Togo!” A 1967 military coup set up Gnassingbe Eyadema to be president for 38 years, the longest-serving leader in modern Africa up to that time. His son was elected to succeed him in 2005.

Surprisingly for a former European colony, the largest religious group in Togo seems to be traditional animists. One report puts animism at 51 percent, Christians at 29 percent, and Muslims 20 percent. It is also reported that many Christians and Muslims in the country still engage in animist practices.

Tourists can enjoy rustic native villages and moldering European colonial architecture. Water sports are big, or you can visit elephants in their natural habitat. Voodoo wood carvings make unique souvenirs, or, if you’re truly adventurous, visit the fetish market in the capital, Lome, which sells parts of exotic animals for use in cures.

Vocabulary:

Which word above means:

1. belief that natural objects have souls

2. object with magical power

3. cruel, brutal

4. moving into an area

5. decaying, crumbling away

6. three-sided

7. things to bring home from a trip

8. simple, unsophisticated

9. things to be bought and sold

10. ones who suffer hardships

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