Written By: Tiana Bouma
Togo, a long and narrow country in West Africa, is officially known as the Togolese Republic. Togo covers 22,000 square miles, making it one of the smallest countries in Africa. Lome, the capital of Togo and its largest city, is the country’s administrative and industrial center as well as its chief port. The city of Lome is a combination of many styles, influences, and traditions.
There are about 400 different ethnic groups, the most numerous being the Ewe in the south. While French is the official language of Togo and the language of commerce, the many indigenous African languages spoken by Togolese include Ewe, Mina, and Kloto. Togo’s culture reflects the influences of its many ethnic groups. The largest influencers are Ewe, Mina, Tem, Tchamba, and Kabre. The wood-carvers of Kloto are famous for their "chains of marriage", which is two characters connected by rings drawn from only one piece of wood.