PEOPLE & PLACES

Some of Togo’s Top Presidents

Togo is a West African nation on the Gulf of Guinea, is known for its palm-lined beaches and hilltop villages. Koutammakou, inhabited by the Batammariba people, is a traditional settlement of fortress-like clay huts dating to the 17th century. For those that aren’t aware of a place like this.

Togo has been a country that has undertaken a series of economic reforms in recent years, restructuring its key banking, electricity, and transportation sectors. For all their economy to be balanced they need a leader that has good intentions to bring the economy to stability. That wouldn’t break under pressure and is ready to bring solutions to solve the problem. which is why presidents are important in Togo and other countries. Here are a few presidents from Togo that took the responsibilities to be Commander in Cheif to make their country great again.

Sylvanus Epiphanio Olympio was a Togolese politician who served as Prime Minister, and then President, of Togo from 1958 until his assassination in 1963. During his time, he became active in the domestic and international struggle to gain independence for Togo following World War II. While he also created a tense relationship between Ghana and Togo. He worked with Kwame Nkrumah to gain independence for their neighboring countries.

Nicolas Grunitzky was the second president of Togo and its third head of state. He was President from 1963 to 1967. Grunitzky was Prime Minister of Togo from 1956 to 1958 under the French Colonial system, which was created to limit “national” government in their colonial possessions.

Gnassingbé Eyadéma was the President of Togo from 1967 until his death in 2005. He participated in two successful military coups, in January 1963 and January 1967, and became President. When he was in power, he created a political party, the Rally of the Togolese People, and headed an anti-communist single-party regime until the early 1990s, when reforms leading to multiparty elections began.

Faure Essozimna Gnassingbé is a Togolese politician who has been the President of Togo since 2005. Prior to his election, he was appointed by his father, President Gnassingbé Eyadéma, as Minister of Equipment, Mines, Posts, and Telecommunications, serving from 2003 to 2005. He is now the 4th president of Togo.

Throughout history, there can be a bunch of presidents but only a few are remembered for their hard work and contribution that makes them stand out from others. As I listed from above, these are the few presidents from Togo that will be remembered for their contributions.

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