Flag of Togo


    Togo Flag fast facts
    Adopted: 27 April 1960
    Proportion (width:length): 1:1.618
    Designer: Paul Ahyi
    Inspired by: Flag of Liberia






    Togo Flag - Information
    The national flag of Togo consists of five equal horizontal bands of green (top and bottom) alternating with yellow with a white five-pointed star on a red square is in the upper hoist-side corner




    Togo Flag - colors meaning/symbolism
    five horizontal stripes stand for Togo's five regions
    red square symbolizes the love, fidelity, and charity, loyalty and patriotism of Togo's people
    Green symbolizes forests, nature, hope, fertility, and agriculture
    Yellow represents mineral wealth, faith, hard work, strength and prosperity
    White Star symbolizes life, purity, peace, dignity, and Togo's independence
    Togo flag history and facts
    National flag of Togo uses the popular pan-African colors (red-yellow-green), but the design resembles the flag of Liberia which itself echoes the flag of the United States. The sides of the flag of Togo are in the golden ratio φ = (1+√5) / 2 ≈ 1.618034, making the flag of Togo one of the only three national flags with irrational proportions (Nepal and Iran are the others) The flag was designed by artist Paul Ahyi and approximates a golden rectangle closely. Ahyi was regarded as among the greatest of African artists of his generation. Born in Togo, Ahyi graduated from the École nationale supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris in 1959 and returned to Togo.
    Togo flag (1960 - present)
    Togo National Flag
    On April 27, 1960, Togo became independent under a new flag. The two stars on the previous flag were merged into one in order to emphasize national unity and green field was five alternating green and yellow stripes to represent the country's five administrative regions.
    Togo flag (1958 - 1960)
    Togo National Flag
    Under the United Nations trusteeship system set up after World War II, the French had an obligation to move Togo toward self-government. When the area became closer to independence in 1958 the French tricolor was removed from the flag.
    Togo flag (1957 - 1958)
    Togo National Flag
    In 1884 Germany became a Protectorate of the area that was to become Togo. In 1914 when the British and French forced Germany out of the region. In 1916 Britain and the French occupied Togoland and split it up into administrative zones in 1922. The Flag that was flown in French Togoland was the French blue-white-red vertical tricolor. In 1956 French Togoland became an autonomous republic and a new flag was adopted. The flag was a plain green field with two five-pointed white stars, one top right and one bottom left, and the French tricolor in the top left. The stars represent British and French Togoland. The flag's green background stood for agriculture, hope, and youth; the French Tricolor in the upper hoist corner was a reminder of French overlordship. Two yellow five-pointed stars, arranged on an imaginary diagonal line running from the lower hoist to the upper fly, referred to the coastal plains of the south and the savannas of the north, “united in love of order and labor.”
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