Sokodé is the second largest city in Togo and seat of the Tchaoudjo and Centrale Region in the center of the country, 339 kilometres (211 mi) north of Lomé. With a population of 86,500 (2004), currently at around 113,000, the city is situated between the Mo and Mono rivers, and it is a commercial center for the surrounding agricultural areas. It is a multi-ethnic and multi-religious city, but is dominated by Islam.
Old indigenous strains of the region are mixed in a first-time immigrants Gurma, from the eastern part of the Niger Bend, between Ouagadougou and Niamey, which brought into the political chiefdoms. In this structure, traders and craftsmen Sudan (the Mandinka, from historic Mali) and Hausa added from the 16th century a dynamic force, which will be the success of the city: Islam , and with it the sense of cases related to trade relations. By choosing in late 1897, to install a post Sokodé, Germans endorse the role of such chefferies Kotokoli.
The city has thus developed in precolonial times as a commercial crossroads on the road to the cola between Ghana and Benin, and now as a place of passage on the only road north-south Togo, linking the capital Lome in Burkina Faso. Urbanization has accelerated during the colonization. The city consists of ancient villages have now become real neighborhoods. Its growth has also been the work of entire villages that had approached the city and intercity migration.
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BennyV (16523) 2010-09-29 4:04
Op zich is dit niet zo'n spectaculaire foto, maar dat is precies wat me aanspreekt hier. Een dagdagelijks tafereel, gefotografeerd zonder veel franjes, maar boordevol interessante details (Fidelia Assurances!). En altijd leuk om iets van Togo te zien, trouwens.
rodgerg (55767) 2010-09-29 11:15
Goed avond Gerrit,
Een zeer goed foto van een andere wereld.
Many various details very well collected give life to this interesting and well composed image.
Have a nice evening,
Silvio1953 (140700) 2010-09-29 11:41
Ciao Gerrit, great scene full of life, beautiful view from Togo, interesting example of a different civilization, wonderful composition, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio
Budapestman (82620) 2010-09-29 11:53
a spectacular street photo with attractive composition and full of life atmosphere, Tfs! Have a nice evening! Kellemes estét kívánok!
tomescuc (3291) 2010-09-29 15:58
Animated scene, colorful, chaotic. Looking for more of such images from Africa, a seldom seen prt of the world here except the northern part, the southern part, and boring views of national parks.
danyy (0) 2010-09-30 0:07
ŕ telle ouverture, assez grande, je suis étonné de ce 1/30 sans doute causé par l'assombrissement du polarisant. Cela donne du flou dans ce qui est en mouvement. Une scčne qui ne montre pas un endroit accueillant, mais TE, c'est aussi le reflet de la réalité.
- Copyright: Gerrit van der Linden (Gerrit) (51935)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2010-01-29
- Camera: Canon EOS 400 D, Canon EF 18-200mm, B+W 62mm Circular Polarizer
- Exposure: f/3.5, 1/30 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2010-09-29 0:42