Togo Independence Day (Togo) for the year 2024 is celebrated/observed on Thursday, April 27th. There are until the next observance.

Togo’s Independence Day is celebrated annually on April 27. On this day, Togo commemorates its independence from the French overseas colonial empire in 1960. Togo gets its name from the indigenous tribes’ language, which means “a place where lagoons lie.” Today marks the beginning of another year of commemorating the country’s independence. Togo, also called the Togolese Republic or the République togolaise, is a country in West Africa. It is bordered on the west by Ghana, on the east by Benin, and on the north by Burkina Faso.

📆 When is Togo Independence Day (Togo)?

This year, Togo Independence Day (Togo) is on April 27th. It is the 4th Thursday in April; in 2024, it is on Saturday.

Countdown to Togo Independence Day (Togo)

Did you know: In compared to many other African countries, Togo has a small history.

You can also discover all cool things you didn’t know about and facts about April 27, 2023.

📜 History of Togo Independence Day (Togo)

Following the allied attack on the little colony, German forces were soon annihilated, causing the colony to capitulate on August 26, 1914. In 1916, Togoland was divided between the winning sides, culminating in the establishment of the new colonies of British Togoland and French Togoland. During WWI, Britain and France captured Togoland, establishing the Anglo-French condominium. On December 7, 1916, the condominium crumbled, and Togo was divided into British and French zones. On July 20, 1922, the League of Nations assigned the western section of Togo to the United Kingdom and the eastern portion to France. The nation was granted the authority to send three members of parliament to the French parliament in 1945.

Following WWII, these mandates were renamed United Nations Trust Territories. In 1957, the residents of British Togoland opted to join the Gold Coast as a part of the newly formed Ghana. French Togoland was given autonomy within the French Union in 1959, but France retained control over defense, foreign affairs, and the economy. The Togolese Republic was created on April 27, 1960. In 1961, Sylvanus Olympio was elected president for the first time. He won all of the votes, since the opposition didn’t show up to the election.

☑️ Togo Independence Day (Togo) facts

Monument de L’Indépendance
On April 27, 1960, the Monument de L’Independance was constructed to mark Togo’s independence from France.

Mont Agou
Mont Agou is Togo’s highest peak, rising 986 meters (3,235 feet) above sea level.

French speaking country
Togo’s official language is French.

Things to do on Togo Independence Day (Togo)

Participate in Togo’s Independence Day events
Participate in flag-raising ceremonies, military parades, and cultural festivities staged in Lome and around Togo to honor the country’s independence. Preparations for Independence Day begin a month in advance.

Prepare a Togolese dish
What better way to celebrate than with a hearty Togolese feast shared with friends and family? Look for recipes online and prepare a special-occasion feast.

Share via your socials
You do not have to be in Togo to participate in the festivities. Google the Togo flag and share it on social media with the hashtags #TogoIndependence or #HappyIndependenceDayTogo.

📅 Togo Independence Day (Togo) Observances

YEAR DATE DAY
2023 April 27 Thursday
2024 April 27 Saturday
2025 April 27 Sunday
2026 April 27 Monday
2027 April 27 Tuesday

Explore all April holidays, including Federal and other Civic holidays.

We will continue to update this page with new information and cool facts about Togo Independence Day (Togo). So be sure to check back soon.