Definition of Togo in US English:


proper noun

  • A country in West Africa with a short coastline on the Gulf of Guinea; population 7,300,000 (estimated 2015); capital, Lomé; languages, French (official) and West African languages. Official name Togolese Republic.

    The region formerly known as Togoland lay between the military powers of Ashanti and Dahomey and became a center of the slave trade. It was annexed by Germany in 1884 and divided between France and Britain after World War I. The western, British section joined Ghana when the latter became independent in 1957. The remainder, administered by France under a UN mandate after World War II, became an independent republic called Togo in 1960