The textile district of Lomé is famous for its homegrown businesswomen who became millionaires from the sale of tchigan–lucrative wax-print fabric famous for bright colors and unique quality. After building a textile empire in the 1970s and 1980s, these first African female millionaires were nicknamed the “Nana Benz” for their luxury Mercedes-Benz sedans and for financing elaborate villas in Lomé’s residential areas.
Research website numbeo lacks sufficient data to rank Lomé on its comprehensive global quality of life rating which benchmarks 250 cities worldwide. Numbeo does evaluate its country Togo on several individual factors. For instance, Togo ranks in the worst 8% on the pollution index and in the bottom 48% for safety. On the positive side, Togo places off-the-charts first for fastest traffic commute time and among the 32% lowest for property price to income ratio.
Situated in the Gulf of Guinea off Africa’s mid-western coast, Lomé is Togo’s major international port and has an industrial center which includes an oil refinery.
From an international trade perspective, Togo shipped an estimated US$1.025 billion worth of goods around the globe in 2019. Its most valuable exports include electrical energy (10.6% of Togo’s global total), uncombed cotton (9.5%), cement (9.1%), natural calcium and aluminum phosphates (7.6%), plastic stoppers, lids and caps (7.2%), beauty or skincare preparations (7.1%), refined petroleum oils (4.9%), motorcycles (4.2%), palm oil (3.5%), and woven cotton fabrics (2.6%) according to the International Trade Centre.
Capital Facts for Lomé, Togo: Quick Reference
Capital landmarks: Lomé Grand Market, National Museum of Togo, Grand Mosque, Lomé Cathedral and the Independence Monument
Below, you will find 10 of the most famous people born in Lomé, Togo.
- Emmanuel Adebayor, soccer player/footballer (born Feb. 26, 1984)
- Kossi Aguessy, industrial designer & artist (born Apr. 17, 1977)
- Roland Kpotsra, United Nations representative (born Feb. 20, 1947)
- Serge Akakpo, soccer player/footballer (born Oct. 15, 1987)
- Camaldine Abraw, soccer player/footballer (born Aug. 15, 1990)
- Tavio Amorin, socialist politician (born Nov. 20, 1958)
- Komlan Amewou, soccer player/footballer (born Dec. 15, 1983)
- Kossi Agassa (aka Magic Hands), soccer/football goalkeeper (born Jul. 2, 1978)
- Tarek Kodjo Boustani, pilot & flight commander (born Oct. 27, 1975)
- Kondo Arimiyaou, soccer player/footballer (born Feb. 18, 1991)
Note: Data for our Famous People tab was sourced from Google searches mostly targeting published Wikipedia articles specific to each person’s name.
Demonym for a Togo resident: Togolese
Population: 1,827,878 (Lomé) at August 10, 2020
Density: 16,617 people per square mile (6,528 per square kilometer)
Population: 8,301,248 (Togo) at August 10, 2020
Density: 394 people per square mile (152 per square kilometer)
Median age for all Togo: 19.4 years old
GDP: US$14.962 billion in 2019 (Togo)
GDP per person: $1,826
Note: The above country-level GDP metrics are on a Purchasing Power Parity basis and are in U.S. dollars. Credible city GDP statistics for Lomé were unavailable.
Official currency used in Lomé: Western African CFA franc
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Togo exited from the League of Nations mandate under French administration on April 27, 1960. Togolese celebrate Independence Day as a public holiday each April 27.
Lomé’s metropolitan land area measures 110 square miles (280 square kilometers) in which 1.8 million people live at August 10, 2020.
The total land area for Togo is 21,000 square miles (54,390 square kilometers), home to 8.3 million residents.
Population density in Lomé is more concentrated, averaging 16,617 inhabitants per square mile (6,528 per square kilometer).
Zooming out to Togo’s overall land boundaries, population density dilutes to 394 residents per square mile (152 per square kilometer).