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Aného (Togo)
6 ° 14 ′ 0 ″  N , 1 ° 36 ′ 0 ″  E Coordinates: 6 ° 14 ′ 0 ″  N , 1 ° 36 ′ 0 ″  E.
Basic data
State : TogoTogo Togo
Region : Maritime
Prefecture : Lacs
Residents : 48,000 (2005)

Aného or Anecho (formerly Popovi , Klein-Popo , Kleinpopo and Petit Popo ) is the eighth largest city of Togo with around 28,000 inhabitants . It is located in the south-east of the country, right on the border of the neighboring state of Benin on a large lagoon between the Atlantic Ocean and Lake Togo in the Maritime region . The capital Lomé is about 45 kilometers away.

View of the Aného lagoon


Chief's house in Anecho, ca.1910

Originally the place where there was a Portuguese slave market was known as Popovi. At the beginning of German colonial rule in 1884, Anecho was briefly occupied by the French. In exchange for Kapitaï and Koba , the later Conakry in Guinea, the city was added to Germany in the border treaty of December 24, 1885. From 1885 to 1897, Sebe, a small town on the north side of the lagoon near Anecho, was the seat of the central administration of the German colony Togo , from the larger, eastern half of which later became the state of Togo. After Sebe had to give up the capital status to Lomé in 1897, Aného experienced a gradual decline, which was exacerbated by erosion phenomena on the coasts.

In 1905 it was renamed to today's place name . In the same year, the place received a railway connection through the Lomé – Aného railway.

Economy, tourism and attractions

The city lives mainly from agriculture and fishing . Various buildings from the German colonial era can be found in the city and the surrounding area .


From a religious point of view, Aného is a city ​​shaped by voodoo and Christianity .


Noteworthy buildings are the Protestant church, built in 1895, during the German colonial era , and the cathedral of the Aného diocese of the Roman Catholic Church , built in 1898 .


Aného is also a center of voodoo along the West African pilgrimage route Voodoo Trail , which connects Lomé with Ouagadougou in Burkina Faso .


German cemetery in Aného

In the Adido district there is an old German cemetery with very well preserved graves, the inscriptions of which are easy to read and tell a piece of colonial history.

Also worth seeing is a small museum , which is equipped with pictures and objects from the German colonial era.


In Nuremberg , Action Développement Togo is trying to establish a partnership between the city of Nuremberg and Aného.

Web links

Commons : Aného  - collection of images, videos and audio files


  • Meyer's large pocket dictionary in 24 volumes . BI-Taschenbuchverlag 1992, Volume 1, p. 296.
  • Norbert Eder: TOGO incl. Sahara crossing , Verlag Martin Velbinger, Graefelfing / Munich, 1992, ISBN 3-88316-049-0


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