Many times people ask where is TOGO located. Is it a country or an Island? This is simply the result of a lack of information about this precious country, though small in size. This is why a group of highly motivated Togolese living in the U.S come together to promote their country and its culture.
We are individuals, proud of our nation who are from different background but sharing the same passion, the passion of letting the world know where we come from through entertainment and community events .We, then created a nonprofit group named USA228 on March 1st, 2016. This group is available to others to join by following its admission procedures. Together let's push our country name high.
We are dedicated to preserving and enhancing the Togolese Culture in the USA through community events and local networking opportunities.
Culture is the art and custom that characterize a particular society or nation. A lot of Togolese, especially the youth have desist from the Togolese traditional way of life due to influences from external bodies and ignorance.
Below are ways to promote and protect our Togolese culture:
1. Organize traditional Togolese festival/Event (Annual Togo Culture Link Up Gala, Workshop, BBQ and Recreations) to promote Togolese culture and the Africa culture in general, and foster the integration of our communities. Countries, tribes, religious denominations, or immigrant ethnic groups almost certainly celebrate major holidays or cultural festivals. Participating in such major holidays or organizing cultural festival should help promote Togolese culture.
2. Spend time with other members of the Togolese community. The best way to preserve your culture is to keep it alive. Gather as a group not just for holidays, but for ordinary meals, events, or just conversation. Many aspects of culture are difficult to learn in books and museums, including etiquette, body language, and humor.
3. Speak Togolese native languages. If you know someone who shares you culture but has a different native tongue than yourself, ask him to teach you. Many linguists and anthropologists argue that language shapes our whole perception of the world. Plus, if the language is rare in your area, nobody will be able to eavesdrop on your conversations! All Togolese must learn how to speak their native languages.
4. Learn about religious traditions. Whether or not you share your parents' and grandparents' religion, studying it can help you understand their culture. Religion connects to language, history, and personal behavior. Becoming more familiar with your or your family's religion can help you understand all these other aspects.
5. Share Togolese culture’s art and technology to others. Each culture has its own clothing, music, visual art, storytelling traditions, and many more unique characteristics. We enjoy to teach or talk about our hobbies, our jobs, our crafts, and what we do for fun. This includes traditional artwork you would find in a museum.
6. Youths should identify more with their culture, visit their home-towns and learn about their historical evolution.
7. Teenagers and youth should be encouraged to put on native clothes and eat native food.
8. Youth should desist from practicing and imitating the culture of other people. Usually caused by excess viewing of Hollywood movies.
9. Parents should give their children basic cultural orientation.
It is the responsibility of all Togolese to protect and promote their culture.