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Happy Birthday Togo! Experience the Rich Culture in Five Locations

On this day Togo celebrates its 56th anniversary of independence! Home to a population of seven million, Togo is among the beautiful countries located in West Africa. To help celebrate Togo’s independence day, we at

On this day Togo celebrates its 56th anniversary of independence! Home to a population of seven million, Togo is among the beautiful countries located in West Africa. To help celebrate Togo’s independence day, we at Applause Africa offer you five places you’ll want to experience in the capital city, Lomé:

1. Le Grand Marché

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Clothing for sale at Le Grand Marché de Lomé

Le Grand Marché is the largest market in the francophone country. Amidst this popular, vibrant market you can purchase food, electronics, clothing, and much more. Most of the shops and stalls are owned and managed by entrepreneurial Togolese women who lead Togo’s primary trading economy.

 

2. Rue des Artisans

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If you love haggling and live for the chance to passionately discuss item pricing, you will want to visit this artists hub in Lomé. The alleyway is known for handmade crafts like jewelry, woodcarvings, sandals, and statues, making it a great place to visit for gifts and souvenirs.

 

3. Le Mandigue Jazz Club

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When you need to relax after a long day-particularly after the amount of time spent haggling-you will want to visit Le Mandigue Jazz Club. Lomé’s first and oldest bar has an atmosphere that is perfect for a nice drink and all-night dancing. You can sit down and listen to a fine selection of jazz and blues, or take command of the dancefloor to the tunes of afro-beat, rock, and reggae.

 

4. Musee International du Golfe de Guinee

Musee International du Golfe de Guinee

While you’re in Togo having fun, consider getting to know the cultural history. This small, private museum features a curated collection of mostly west African art from neighboring nations like Ghana, Burkina Faso, Cote d’Ivoire, Mali, and Nigeria. If a visit here leaves you curious for more, you can always visit the national museum for a historical and ethnographic perspective of Togo’s history.

 

5. Monument De L’Independence

Independence Monument

The pièce de résistance to a journey through Togo means taking a moment to appreciate the country’s independence monument. Set on a promenade and surrounded by well-kept lawns on either side, the silhouette and statue are a national symbol of Togo’s freedom. The beautiful monument itself was built by Togolese artist, Paul Ahyi, who also designed the country’s flag.

 

Happy Anniversary, Togo!

Feature image courtesy of Togo Tourisme.
Ademidun Adejobi
Ademidun Adejobi is a graduate student of English with a focus on minority literature. She believes in the importance of stories as a way to empower the underrepresented and give a voice to identities that lie outside of the tradition. She is an Editor and writer with Applause Africa.
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