British Togoland


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British Togoland:

see TogolandTogoland
or Togo
, historic region (c.33,500 sq mi/86,800 sq km), W Africa, bordering on the Gulf of Guinea in the south. The western section of Togoland is now part of Ghana, and the eastern portion constitutes the Republic of Togo.
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I find it very hard to understand such mind set when, in truth, as things stand, the greater portion of British Togoland had agreed since 1956 and reaffirmed in December 2017 that it belongs to Ghana and no other nation.
The policy primarily grouped about sixty-eight independent traditional polities (otherwise referred to as divisions) in the southern section of British Togoland into larger states of manageable size and population for convenient administration.
Ghana became an independent state on March 6, 1957, when the United Kingdom relinquished its control over the Colony of the Gold Coast and Ashanti, the Northern Territories Protectorate, and British Togoland.
British Togoland, the fourth territorial element to form the nation of Ghana, was part of a former German colony that was designated a League of Nations mandate in 1919 and partitioned between France, which governed the eastern sector, and England, which governed the western sector.
At the time of writing, the demand for recognition of the special case of former British Togoland is being revived in the Volta Region of Ghana.
It is, therefore, another falsehood, the claim by Ewe extremists that British Togoland was a sovereign nation.
For one thing, whether Oti is created or not, when, or if, their desire to breakaway to form Western Togoland becomes a reality, no one, and not even the United Nations, can force those areas of the former British Togoland which voted to be in union with Ghana, to secede and join the new nation.
They were ruled out, and in December 1956, the UN voted unanimously to have British Togoland merge into Ghana on March 6, 1957.
It is a name coined up for a dream nation which was once the British Togoland or Trans Volta Togoland.
With the independence of the Gold Coast becoming imminent and the British deciding to pack bag and baggage out of the region when this happens, there was the need to get British Togoland to either belong on its own as a nation or join up with the Gold Coast when it became Ghana.
Before the 1956 Plebiscite, that region was part of what was called British Togoland. It was renamed Trans Volta Togoland in view of its merging into Ghana.
In May 1956, the then British Togoland, stretching from Sokode in the South to Pusiga in the North, was split into six districts or electoral areas, and all adult indigenes were asked to vote on whether the territory was going to be in unification with Ghana on March 6, 1957, or would like to go separate ways.

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