Africa Togo: Pre-Colonization Country

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When looking at a map of the continent, Africa Togo is not the first country seen. It appears as a small sliver of land between Ghana and Benin. Togo is extremely small, ranking 119th in size whereas the United States of America and Canada tie for second. With only 21,925 square miles Togo is not easily seen on the map, however the country is particularly interesting in terms of government. With, the earliest records of government coming into play around the 15th century, and a bloody government, Togo is extremely interesting to those who are interested in fairly young governments. Togo: Pre-colonization Country Hardly anything is known about the small country before German colonization in 1847; most of what is known is inferred with knowledge…show more content…
The Ewes are patrilineal people meaning there is a male chief who is succeeded by other males in his family. The tribe mainly farms and fishes. The language Ewe (Evhe) varies among the region. Ewes have an interesting way of naming their children, they don’t name their children the day the child is born instead calling the infant the day of the week the child is born on (Dzoɖagbe [Monday] Kwadzo [boy/male]), than seven days later at a naming ceremony the child is given a name on his/her most pro donamite…show more content…
Etienne Eydadéma, who was involved with both deaths, became the third president in 1967. The Togolese people started to riot against Eydadéma in the 1990s forcing him to reach out for outer help. Eydadéma held a conference, which made Togo a transitional government that allowed Eydadéma to retain presidency however Joseph Kokou Koffigoh was chosen at the conference as prime minister. In 1993 Eydadéma ran basically unopposed, but in the 1998 and 2003 elections Eydadéma was accused of rigging the election. In the 1998 election Eydadéma ran against many other candidates and won however the people were not pleased and rioted against him. He was charged with voter intimidation and fraud, unfortunately because Gilchrist Olympio (Eydadéma’s main competitor) had been living in exile and there is a law stating you must be living the country Gilchrist Olympio was eliminated from the presidential race. Sometime in February 2005 Eydadéma passed way, the military then appointed his son, Faure Gnassingbé as the President of the Republic of Togo. The Togolese people did not like the fact that the military simply appointed Faure instead of holding a vote and other nations had him hold a vote, a vote that Faure came out victorious. Like his father before him, Faure was accused of rigging the vote and there was a riot, however he was relieved of
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