Archive for the 'Palmwine' Category

Faure to meet Obama

Sunday, September 20th, 2009

Next Tuesday, on the sidelines of a meeting of the UN General Assembly, President Obama will meet with several African heads of state for a working breakfast. According to (fr) the Togolese state news website, President Faure Gnassingbe has been invited, too. Apparently the criterion for the invitation is troop contributions to UN peacekeeping. […]

Togolese diaspora meets in Atlanta

Monday, August 31st, 2009

The World Togolese Foundation (WTF) will hold its first conference on Sept 12 in Atlanta, Georgia (USA). I find this particularly interesting because on our last trip to Togo we had many discussions with folks in our village Yikpa about how to rally the diaspora to help the development of the village. Apparently one  Emmanuel […]

Obama’s going to Ghana

Sunday, May 17th, 2009

The BBC reports: US President Barack Obama is to make a week-long foreign tour in July that will include Russia, Italy and Ghana, the White House says. … In Ghana, the White House said Mr Obama and his wife looked forward “to strengthening the US relationship with one of our most trusted partners in sub-Saharan […]

More arrests after Togo coup attempt

Friday, May 1st, 2009

While we were in Togo two weeks ago, apparently Kpatcha Gnassingbé, a half brother of the president tried to overthrow the current regime and was arrested a few days after the attempted coup. Today, the official Togolese government news website announced more arrests in relation to this attempted coup. On Easter Sunday, April 12, troops […]

Happy Togo Independence Day

Monday, April 27th, 2009

Today Togo celebrated 49 years of independence from its former colonial power France. According to the government news site, this was the first time there was a substantial celebratory event at the national government level. For many years under Gnassingbe Eyadema’s rule it was forbidden to celebrate this day. Only the 13 January was […]

From Accra to Durham

Sunday, April 26th, 2009

We’re back at home. After 3 weeks in Ghana and Togo, we undertook the last leg of our trip on Friday – from Accra via New York back home to Durham. The guy who’d rented us his Bimmer came to pick us up at 6 AM and took us to Kotoka Int’l Airport. Like so […]

Bimmer in the Bush

Friday, April 17th, 2009

For almost two weeks Laura and I and the kids have been back to Yikpa – the village in Togo where Laura and I met all these years ago. Our visit is going very well. Our reception was just amazing! We had almost two days of celebration, including a formal welcome with a sacrifice of […]


Tuesday, April 7th, 2009

We made it! We arrived in Accra, Ghana, yesterday at 8AM. Uncle E.K. picked us up and drove us to the house we’re staying in while we’re in Accra. It’s HOT – no rains yet (that’s a problem for the farmers!) but the house does have A/C. We use the cooling sparingly because we need to […]

Back to the village

Monday, March 30th, 2009

Yovo is going back to the village! In a week from now, we will be on our most exciting, most anticipated family trip yet, back to Yikpa – the village where Laura and I met all these years ago. Next weekend, we’ll fly directly from New York to Accra. In Accra we’ll be staying at […]

Côte d’Ivoire getting back on track

Sunday, January 25th, 2009

After five years of civil war (2002 – 07) and a year of relative peace, it appears that Côte d’Ivoire is getting back on track to stability, democracy and eventually, relative prosperity. In the 80’s, the West African nation was still one of the continent’s successes. In those days, many of my Togolese friends dreamed […]

Ghana elects a new president

Sunday, January 4th, 2009

A close presidential election in Ghana has put the West African nation’s electoral system to the test, but in the end the opposition candidate John Atta Mills, 64, won by a very narrow margin. There were allegations of fraud on several sides, and the runoff election in the Tain region had to be re-done due […]

Steinmeier in Togo

Monday, February 11th, 2008

German Vice-chancellor and foreign minister Steinmeier is in Togo for talks with Faure Gnassingbe. He appears to be following the new EU strategy of engagement with Gnassingbe, whereby they hope to win concessions on the development of a more functional democracy in Togo. Good luck with that. Also, I cannot stand these idiotic descriptions of […]

Egypt defend CAN title

Sunday, February 10th, 2008

Congratulations to the team from Egypt for defending the title in the Cup of African Nations against the team from Cameroon (1-0). The host Ghana came in third place on Saturday, defeating Ivory Coast 0-1.

Africa Cup of Nations

Sunday, January 20th, 2008

The Africa Cup of Nations began today with close 2-1 win for host Ghana over Guinea. Congratulations to the Black Stars! This Africa Cup is considered a dress rehearsal for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, where several African teams are hoping to showcase world class African Football. In any case, the Africa Cup […]

Elections in Togo – the same old story

Tuesday, October 30th, 2007

In Togo, there was some hope that the this month’s legislative election was going to be bring about some change in the political landscape of that troubled country. In retrospect, I am not sure why. Maybe because Faure’s regime is slightly less brutally oppressive than his father’s? Maybe the increased presence of international observers? The […]

One year of peace in N. Uganda

Monday, August 27th, 2007

On Aug. 26 last year, the LRA and the Ugandan government signed a truce, putting an end to 20 years of war and brutality in Northern Uganda. A friend of mine just returned from Gulu recently and he told me last week about how much that town has changed. Four new Hotels are under construction, […]

preoccupied …

Tuesday, June 12th, 2007

There is so much interesting and important stuff going on: A new film documents the ongoing genocide perpetrated on the Acholi people in Uganda (HT to Vicky), perpetuated by, among other things, US military aid (war-on-terror-dollars) The US Congress is debating about subsidies for a road fuel that releases twice as much pollution as gasoline: […]

Crash kills Togolese football fans

Tuesday, June 5th, 2007

Togo is mourning the death of 21 supporters of the national football team, including Togolese Sports Minister Richard Attipoe, in a helicopter crash in Sierra Leone on Monday: At least 21 people, most of them Togolese, were killed when the Russian-made Mi-8 helicopter operated by Paramount Airlines exploded and crashed late on Sunday at Lungi […]

Laura and Agbessi on the radio

Tuesday, May 15th, 2007

The Story is a syndicated radio show produced at WUNC in Chapel Hill. The show is hosted by Dick Gordon, who interviews people who have an interesting story to tell. Today, they aired the segment where Laura and Agbessi get to tell the story of the library in Yikpa, and the impact it had on […]

Elections in Togo postponed

Monday, May 14th, 2007

The parliamentary elections in Togo have been postponed to August 5. This is probably a good thing because it give the parties in Togo time to prepare, but it also means that the RPT has more time to rig the vote. Ouagadougou – Togo’s general election will be postponed from June 24 until August 5 […]