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Title:Intertribal Integration in a Lome Compound
Authors:Larson, Thomas J.ISNI
Gentile, D.W.
Periodical:South African Journal of Ethnology
Geographic term:Togo
Subjects:ethnic relations
social integration
urban society
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
Urbanization and Migration
Abstract:The authors indicate that the influx of starving refugees from countries north of Togo, the southward gravitation of the peoples of northern Togo and the free trade policy of this country have combined to create a population of great ethnic plurality in Lomé, the capital and main port of Togo. In a single compound with 12 households representatives of no fewer than four ethnic groups were living in close proximity. Though most marriages were contracted within one's own ethnic group or between southerners as against people coming from the north, the family relations in four of these households were intertribal. The strong integrative influence emanating from the schools stressing a common nationality and the use of French as a lingua franca make the wider acceptance of a Togolese unity predictable in the future. Sum. also in Afrikaans.