Stamps issued: 1957-PRESENT
A republic in West Africa, bordering on the Gulf of Guinea. Togo was a German protectorate until 1914, when it was occupied by Anglo-French forces. After World War I, the territory was divided between Britain and France, under League of Nations mandate. The British portion subsequently became part of Ghana, while the French zone became the present republic (1958). Togo became fully independent in 1960. Its stamp issues since that time have been voluminous, including a host of colorful stamps and souvenir sheets on every conceivable topic. Togo's first president was assassinated in 1963 and his successor was deposed in coup in 1967. From 1967 to 1994, Togo was ruled by a repressive military dictatorship but made significant economic progress. Progress toward multiparty government has been made in the past several years.