Togo Flag

Flag History

The green symbolizes hope and the yellow signifies faith in work as the way to achieve material, moral and spiritual well-being. The red is a symbol of charity, fidelity and love, the virtues that make people love their neighbors and sacrifice their own lives, if necessary, for the triumph of the principles of humanity and the lessening of human misery. The white is the color of purity, remindig all citizens to be worthy of their nation's independence.

Flag Date of Adoption

11 April 1960

Flag Symbolism

five equal horizontal bands of green (top and bottom) alternating with yellow; there is a white five-pointed star on a red square in the upper hoist-side corner; uses the popular pan-African colors of Ethiopia

Togo National Anthem

Listen to National Anthem
Anthem History Originally adopted on independence in 1960, the national anthem was replaced in 1979 and readopted in 1992.
Anthem Lyrics

Salut à toi, pays de nos aïeux" (Hail to thee, land of our forefathers)

Salut à toi, pays de nos aieux!

Toi qui les rendais forts, paisibles et joyeux,

Cultivant vertu, vaillance

Pour la postérité.

Que viennent les tyrans, ton coeur soupire vers la liberté.

Togo, debout! Luttons sans défaillance,

Vainquons ou mourons, mais dans la dignité.

Grand Dieu, Toi seul nous as exaltés

Du Togo pour la prospérité,

Togolais, viens! Batissons la Cité!

Dans l'unité nous voulons te servir,

C'est bien là de nos coeurs le plus ardent désir.

Clamons fort notre devise

Que rien ne peut ternir.

Seuls artisans de ton bonheur ainsi que de ton avenir,

Brisons partout les chaînes, la traîtrise

Et nous te jurons toujours fidélité

Et aimer, servir, se dépasser,

Faire encore de toi sans nous lasser

Togo Chéri, l'Or de l'Humanité.

Anthem Lyrics English Hail to thee, land of our forefathers,

Thou who made them strong, peaceful and happy,

Men who for posterity cultivated virtue and bravery.

Even if tyrants shall come, thy heart yearns towards freedom.

Togo arise! Let us struggle without faltering.

Victory or death, but dignity.

God almighty, Thou alone hast made Togo prosper.

People of Togo arise! Let us build the nation.

To serve thee in unity is the most burning desire of our hearts.

Let us shout aloud our motto

That nothing can tarnish.

We the only builders of thy happiness and of thy future,

Everywhere let us break chains and treachery,

And we swear to thee for ever faith, love, service, untiring zeal,

To make thee yet, beloved Togo, a golden example for humanity.

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