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Happy Independence Day Togo! Watch Lomé in Motion

On this day Togo celebrates its 56th anniversary of independence! Home to a population of seven million, Togo is one of the smallest and most stable countries on the Continent. In celebration of the beautiful

On this day Togo celebrates its 56th anniversary of independence! Home to a population of seven million, Togo is one of the smallest and most stable countries on the Continent. In celebration of the beautiful Francophone country, we introduce to you the short hyperlapse film, Lomé in Motion, shot by the gifted Mayeul AkpoviLomé in Motion is a compilation of stills of key sites in Togo’s capital city.

 

The hyperlapse film includes the following sites in order of appearance:

– Kodjoviakopé
– Amoutivé
– Assigamè (le marché)
– Kotokou Condji
– Bê (le marché)
– Ablogamè
– Nyékonakpoué
– Deckon
– Akodessewa (port de lomé)
– Agbadahonou

 

Mayeul Akpovi is known for his short film series covering several megacities including Abidjan, Paris and Cotonou in which he uses timelapse photography.

5 lesser known facts about Togo

1 –

In 1957 the land we now know as Togo was the result of a split between French Togoland and British Togoland. The two regions–though one country–were previously administered separately by the French and British respectively, but the British-controlled region elected to join Ghana after WWII.

2 –

Because of #1, the Ewé, one of the largest language groups in Togo is also a huge part of Ghana’s populace, which means eastern Togo and Western Ghana have a tight linguistic and cultural history together.

3 –

Togo has one of the most stable infrastructures of African countries, with nearly 100% uptime for electricity.

4 –

In 2015 Togo’s Minister of Agriculture reported a surplus of food grown in the country and donated some of the surplus to the World Food Programme.

5 –

Togo is home to one of the few African-owned fashion manufacturers on the Continent, L’atelier Raif, founded by Brooklyn’s own Raif.

 

Feature image courtesy of Marcelo Beach Club Togo

 

Lolade Siyonbola

Lolade is an author, techie and serial entrepreneur. She is an MA candidate at Yale University where she is pursuing research on immigration, cultural identity and social health.

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