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My son is doing a project for his middle school geography class about Togo. He has to create a travel brochure for Togo, and some of the stuff that is required is fairly easy to find with the internet, but there are a couple of items that are just vague enough, that they are difficult to find.
What type of clothing is typical for the men and women of Togo?
What should a man or woman pack to wear in Togo?
What types of food are found there, and is there a traditional recipe that anyone would like to share?
I saw that there are many types of restaurants, but what type are the most popular? French? African?
Any help would be appreciated.
Yo what up?? Yeah i have to do the same thing!! uhh and i cant find quack..uhh its frusutrating me too! But this is what i have
..enjoy!! lol i am in ninth grade though! HAH
Usually in Togo men eat alone or with other men. Women usually eat with the kids they rarely eat with the whole family together. They always wash both hands but it is manners to only eat with your right. The dishes are served in communal bows, and you are seated on mats.
French is the official language of commerce, Ewe and Mina the two major African languages in the south are used to talk to ethnic groups. Kabye, sometimes spelled Kabiye and Dagmoba, are the two major African languages in the north. More educated people speak a different language. There are at least 36 languages total.
65-75% Togolese maintain indigenous African religious beliefs. 20-30% are Christians, and 5-10% are Muslim. All groups remember ancestors in daily rituals like draping first morsels or food or sips of water on ground as offering. Every village has its own gods and rituals but Togolese generally believe in supreme- being. Sacrifices are used to give thanks.
Elderly people are deeply respected because of their experience and wisdom. A women’s role is to give birth and educate and raise the child while offering submission to their husbands. Men clearly dominate the society. There allowed to choose their spouse. But families frown on marriage outside of their ethnic groups. Sometimes the family has arranged marriages, but not so much anymore. They are consecutive self-righteous people generous and usually friendly. They don’t criticize in public. The favor tradition over change members of the same village to treat each other as family
For the Traveler
U.s. Travelers need a visa & valid passport to enter Togo. Yellow Fever vaccinations are required. DO NOT DRINK THE WATER OR EAT UNPEELED FRUIT! Do not talk about ethnic groups unless you are familiar with the society. To really experience the culture travel to rural village and visit local markets. For more info contact the Embassy of the republic of Togo, 2208 Massachusetts Avenue. NW, Washington DC
Phone number, (202) 234-4212
Customs and Greets
Good day- Bonjour
Good Afternoon- Bonsoir
Good Evening- Guaivin
Men shake hands and then strike their thumb and middle fingers to make a light sound. They may greet adult women but not girls or newly married girls. Usually teenage boys will do this. The names they call adults are Uncle and Auntie even if not related. Traditionally women are suppose to only speak to their husbands if the wives are spoken to first. You can’t look superior people in the eye.
Togo has no public transportation private taxies and vans transport goods and passenger or a Zemitan, which is a motorcycle with no sidecar. It is a common local taxi people sometimes use motorcycles or bicycles. The people don’t usually done have cars.
Terrain and Climate
The weather is tropical and is mostly hot in the south and semiarid in the North. The terrain consists of gently rolling savanna in the north; central hills; southern plateau; low coastal plain with extensive lagoons and marshes.
Risks of Illnesses in the Country!
Degree of risk is very high!
Food or waterborne diseases, which is bacterial and protozoal diarrhea, hepatitis A, and typhoid fever.
Vectorborne diseases, Malaria and yellow fever are high risks in some locations.
Respsease, meningobocal meningitis
Togo is a narrow country in West Africa, sandwiched between Ghana on the west and Benin on the east, with a small border with Burkina Faso to the north, and a 56km coastline on the Atlantic Ocean to the south
As in much of Africa, football is the most popular sporting pursuit. Until 2006, Togo was very much a minor force in world football, but like fellow West African nations such as Senegal, Nigeria and Cameroon before them, the Togolese national team finally qualified for the World Cup. The team's star player is Emmanuel Adebayor, who currently plays for English Premiership club, Arsenal. Togo was knocked out of the tournament in the group stage after losing to South Korea, Switzerland and France. Photo of the team
Togo's 2006 World Cup appearance was marred by a dispute over financial bonuses, a situation that almost led to the team boycotting their match against Switzerland. Eventually, Togo did fulfil all three fixtures, failing to qualify for the second round of the competition.
The most widely eaten food is maize, which is ground into flour and mixed with water to make a porridge called pâtes or akume. Pâtes is always served with 'sauces' -- thick stews usually made of vegetables, like okra and ademe and spinach. Sauces are also made with meat, most often smoked fish, but all sorts of other meats are eaten, including fish heads, cow skin and large bush rats, known locally as ‘grasscutters’ or agoutis. Another very famous Togolese food is fufu. The preparation of fufu is a communal ritual; a hard, laborious task done by women. First yams are washed, peeled, cut up and boiled until soft. Then two or three women pound the cooked yams in a pestle with thick sticks until the yam has the consistency of baker’s dough. The noise the fufu pounders make is one of the most instantly recognisable sounds in Togo. Like pâtes, fufu is eaten with sauces. Groundnut, goat and palm nut are popular flavours. Togolese eating and drinking habits have been influenced by the country’s colonial legacy. German-style beer is very popular, and baguettes are preferred over loaves.
Music and Dance
The music of Togo is very varied, as you would expect of a country with around forty different ethnic groups, but all over Togo you will find drumming, a crucial part of any event or celebration.
In the South the fishermen sing as they haul in their nets, sometimes accompanied by musicians playing percussion instruments, such as bells and gongs. Further inland in the Plateaux Region, many of the songs are sung in Fon (a Beninois language) or Yoruba, rather than in Ewé. After the millet harvest has been collected in there are joyous celebrations with music and festivities. The singing and dancing is often accompanied by village children playing lithophones (percussion instruments made of stones). In the Savannah Region traditional music uses flutes and the musical bow, an instrument played while holding an arrow.
im doing that too! ha. :)