Togo – 127th Country. To see where I have been so far, check out my map as I count down the final 93 countries on the road to all 193 UN countries. Togo is my 127th country.
Togo is a skinny country nestled between Benin and Ghana, which is located on the Atlantic Ocean. This nation of less than 8 million became independent from France in 1960. Togo was another country that was part of the Slave Coast, providing slaves to the Europeans. Togo is a multi-lingual country with 39 distinct nations with French being the official language of the country. Togo also shares many multiple faiths with over 50% of the nation practicing indigenous beliefs also known as voodoo.
I crossed overland from Benin to Togo along the coast and made my way to the capital of Lome. I stayed at a small hotel on the outskirts on the ocean. Lome is known for hosting the largest voodoo market in the world, Akodessewa Fetish Market. Voodoo plays an outsized role in the country and surrounding area. This market is filled with everything from monkey heads to leopard paws. There are also Fetishers (Voodoo priests) on hand for personal consultations.
Togo – 127th Country