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Stories about Togo

8 West African countries rename currency in historic break from France — but colonial-era debts persist

Changing the CFA franc to "Eco" does not change the fact that many West African countries are still locked in a legacy of debt to France in its colonial-era deposit system. 

A Record Number of African Athletes Participated in Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games

"A matter of pride for the african continent which doesn’t make light of the difficulties faced by African athletes to get here."

As Leaders Step Down, a Cautious Hope Rises on the African Continent

After the resignation of Zuma and Desalegn, "the mood on the continent is one of hope, on the one hand, and of palpable restraint and scepticism on the other."

Netizen Report: Togo Government Shuts Down Internet and SMS as Protests Escalate

Global Voices Advocacy's Netizen Report offers an international snapshot of challenges, victories, and emerging trends in Internet rights around the world.

That Fake U.S. Embassy in Ghana Issued Real Visas for a Decade

For ten years, a U.S. embassy operated quietly in Accra, the capital of the West African country of Ghana. But the embassy wasn't an embassy at all.

A Glimpse Into the First African Bloggers and Vloggers’ Festival in Dakar, Senegal

For two days, 36 of the best bloggers and vloggers in Africa, along with selected players on the African digital scene, presented their talents and know-how.

Are Term Limits and Mandatory Political Changeover Really in the Interest of African Nations?

In countries with few leading figures capable of securing the role of head of state, constitutionally mandated political changeover can be a real constraint on the political process.

After Citizen Uprising in Burkina Faso and Burundi, Are Niger and Togo Next?

20,000 Nigeriens took to the streets in Niamey, Niger on June, 6. There are multiple causes for the protests: endemic poverty, mediocre governance and restricted free speech are among the...

Region-wide Presidential Term Limits for West Africa? Not So Fast.

West African leaders have dropped the idea of instituting a two-presidential-term limit across the region, thanks to the opposition of Gambia and Togo, the only member states without term limits.

2015 Presents an Opportunity for Free and Fair Elections in Africa

Wekesa Sylvanus hopes that 2015 will be a year of free and fair elections in Africa: https://wekesasylvanus.wordpress.com/2015/02/18/will-2015-be-a-year-of-free-and-fair-elections-in-africa/ Since the advent of multi party democracy in Africa, electoral contests have become...

Another Celebrity Wants to Help Africa, And He's No ‘Band Aid’

When it comes to helping Africa, there is Bob Geldof's approach with "Band Aid," and then there is Akon's.

Togolese Bloggers Poke Fun at President for Over the Top BillBoard

Someone sure wanted people to know that he was thankful for Togolese President Faure Gnassingbé generosity. This week, a giant billboard was raised in Lomé, Togo that praised the president's action...

Can President Obama Change African Dictators’ Ways? Not Likely, Says Chadian Blogger

"The fundamental question remained: What steps can the American president take to change things around?"

Catching Up with the Togolese E-Waste 3D Printer Makers

In 2013, we were introduced to the E-Waste 3D Printer project by Woelab engineers in Togo. My Africa Is gives the genesis of the WoeLab project and what the makers hope...

Six Women Held as Slaves in Southern Lebanon

Ivory Coast-based news site Koaci.com has uncovered the story of six women in southern Lebanon who were kept slavery-like conditions. Lebanese blogger Joey Ayoub draws attention to their plight.

10 New Documentaries at the Luxor African Film Festival

Tom Devriendt lists 10 documentaries to look out for at the Luxor African Film Festival: The third edition of the Egyptian Luxor African Film Festival again has a wide-ranging programme...

Togolese Skier Petitjean, from Facebook to the 2014 Winter Olympics

Mathilde-Amivi Petitjean is a cross-country skier who competes for Togo at the 2014 Winter Olympics Game. The president of the Togolese Ski federation explained that they reached out to Togolese...

Made in Togo: A 3D Printer Built from Recycled E-Waste

Afaté GNIKOU is an IT engineer in Togo who wanted to tackle two important goals: create the first 3D printer from Togo,  reduce the alarming number of E-waste dumped into...

Massive Railway Project between Niamey and Cotonou Underway

A 1,500 km-long railway project between Niamey, the capital city of Niger and Cotonou, the capital city of Benin has been green lighted by the authorities of the two countries...

Oktoberfest in Lomé, Togo

The month of October is most often associated with Beer fest in Germany. Yet it seems that it is also slowly becoming a tradition in Togo. LoveJoyce Amavi, a blogger...

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