Local Name République Togolaise.
Origin of Name Derived from the Ewe words
"to," meaning water, and "go,"
meaning "shore."Area 21,622 sq mi. Population
7,351,374. Capital Lomé.
Independence from UN Trusteeship Achieved April
(born Étienne Eyadéma) was part of the military coup
which assassinated President Sylvanus Olympio in 1963, as
well as the coup which peacefully overthrew President
Nicolas Grunitzky in 1967. He subsequently ruled Togo as
a virtual dictator until his death in 2005.
Located in Lomé, the Freedom Monument was erected to
mark Togoland's independence from a United Nations
trusteeship and the establishent of the Togolese Republic
on April 27, 1960.