Blamé Ekoue
Blame Ekoué is the Togo correspondent for the BBC and for Paris-based media house, ANA. He has also reported for Associated Press and Radio France International. He holds a BA in Communications from the Leader Institute in Lomé. Formerly deputy editor of the West Africa Revue, he has been a contributor to the Lome-based Business and Finance magazine since 2015.
A lesson in democratising energy

A lesson in democratising energy

Togo’s government wants rural communities to produce their own, affordable electricity

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The West African kingdom that became a country

The West African kingdom that became a country

Togo: the German legacy Togo’s accession to the modern age of international politics could be said to have begun in July 1884, when the protectorate treaty with Germany was signed In 1883, the German chancellor, Otto von Bismarck, decided to impose a protectorate on the area now known as Togo. Togoville, on the northern shore […]

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Waiting for their day in court

Waiting for their day in court

Togo: fear and favour The Gnasssingbé clan has been ruling Togo for more than 50 years.The late Eyadema Gnassingbé to power in January 1967, following what was described as the first coup d’état in black Africa, during which Sylvanus Olympio, the country’s first head of state, was assassinated. With strong military backing, the regime continues […]

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Ethnicity fuels bad governance

Togo: one-man rule Decades of family rule in this West African country have resulted in very little development Ethnicity has been an important political tool for the family that has ruled Togo for nearly half a century. The current president, Faure Essozimna...

Togo’s next generation of textile traders step up

Togo’s next generation of textile traders step up

Togo’s famous textile traders amassed fortunes and have played a major role in the country’s economy, but things have changed Togo’s legendary women captains of the textile industry, known as Nana Benz, first became famous in the mid-20th century for the fortunes they amassed selling imported African textiles, including the famous “wax” cloth from Holland, […]

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Togo’s doubled-edged sword

Togo’s doubled-edged sword

The government’s plans to tax the country’s informal businesses is costing jobs For a long time, Togolese authorities have praised the informal sector for the role it has played in keeping the country’s economy afloat since 1993, when the European Union imposed economic sanctions on the country for its lack of progress in implementing democratic […]

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Ethnicity fuels bad governance

Ethnicity fuels bad governance

Decades of family rule in Togo country have resulted in very little development Ethnicity has been an important political tool for the family that has ruled Togo for nearly half a century. The current president, Faure Essozimna Gnassingbé, and his ruling Union Pour la...

Blamé Ekoue
Blame Ekoué is the Togo correspondent for the BBC and for Paris-based media house, ANA. He has also reported for Associated Press and Radio France International. He holds a BA in Communications from the Leader Institute in Lomé. Formerly deputy editor of the West Africa Revue, he has been a contributor to the Lome-based Business and Finance magazine since 2015.
Waiting for their day in court

Waiting for their day in court

Togo: fear and favour The Gnasssingbé clan has been ruling Togo for more than 50 years.The late Eyadema Gnassingbé to power in January 1967, following what was described as the first coup d’état in black Africa, during which Sylvanus Olympio, the country’s first head...

Ethnicity fuels bad governance

Togo: one-man rule Decades of family rule in this West African country have resulted in very little development Ethnicity has been an important political tool for the family that has ruled Togo for nearly half a century. The current president, Faure Essozimna...

Togo’s doubled-edged sword

Togo’s doubled-edged sword

The government’s plans to tax the country’s informal businesses is costing jobs For a long time, Togolese authorities have praised the informal sector for the role it has played in keeping the country’s economy afloat since 1993, when the European Union imposed...

Ethnicity fuels bad governance

Ethnicity fuels bad governance

Decades of family rule in Togo country have resulted in very little development Ethnicity has been an important political tool for the family that has ruled Togo for nearly half a century. The current president, Faure Essozimna Gnassingbé, and his ruling Union Pour la...