[2019] Gabriel Linke: TOGO ELEMENTS OF CULTURE

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[2019] Gabriel Linke: TOGO  ELEMENTS OF CULTURE



Togo is a multilingual country that has 44 languages spoken in it. even though it has many languages spoken, the official language of the country is French.

Almost half of the Togo population is christian, and many of them are also Roman Catholic. Since independence, the Roman Catholic Church in Togo has been headed by a Togolese archbishop.

Customs and Traditions

Handshakes are a very common form of greeting one another, especially for men in Togo. for friends, the handshake can usually end with a snap. Women greet each other with hugs, verbal greetings, and for formal occasions they will shake hands. Men and Women do not touch each other in public very often, even if they are married. Togo has a variety of festivals celebrated throughout the year in different parts of the country. these traditions show the diverse mix of African traditions.

Social Organization

The Federation of Non-Government Organizations of Togo helps promote small enterprise development by providing services of training and lobbying.


Togo is a Republic headed by President Faure Gnassingbe, who is the son of the late General Gnassingbe Eyadema. Due to being under intense pressure from Togolese democrats, Faure Gnassingbe finally stepped down on 27 February 2005. However, he did retain considerable power over the transition.

Arts and Literature

Music and dance play an important part in Togolese daily life. Now, traditional and contemporary West African music have fused together, making a hybrid that sounds like highlife, reggae and soukous.




In 2013 a Togolese inventor named Afate Gnikou built a 3D Printer using recycled electronic waste, and it is said that such printers could throw Togo into the technological markets of West Africa and eventully the World.

The economy of Togo hasstruggled, and the international Monetary Fund ranks it as the tenthpoorest country in the world.


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