Vodun Markets in Lomé
From Kpalimé we’ll travel to Togo’s capital, Lomé, where we’ll dig even deeper into Togolese culture. In what was once dubbed ‘the pearl of West Africa’, we’ll wander palm-fringed boulevards and explore the continent’s largest Vodun markets. We’ll quickly feel the incredible contrast between two countries so close in proximity and yet so different in language, patterns of development, and approaches to education.
We’ll learn how colonial histories, cultural traditions, and political systems are affecting accessibility and teaching quality in Togo. We’ll also discover how an indigenous spiritual tradition travelled halfway around the world because of the slave trade. Vodun, or Voodoo, as it has become known in the Americas, originated in West Africa and despite years of repression and stigmatization, remains one of the region’s most important religions. We’ll connect with local Togolese who are finding creative ways of protecting their culture and attracting tourism by fusing traditional practices with modern lifestyles.