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Gnassingbe family of Togo
« on: May 21, 2020, 09:45:59 PM »
I wanted to start a thread on the Gnassingbe family of Togo. I will give a brief background from the Wikipedia. Eyadema Gnassingbe was born on December 26, 1937 to Gnassingbe Sr. and N’Danida Eyadema. The Gnassingbe family came into power in 1967 in Togo with Etienne Gnassingbe Eyadema overthrowing Nicolas Grunitzky. Gnassingbe ruled until he passed away and his son took over. Eyadema was a close personal friend of French President Jaques Chirac.
Born: December 26, 1935, Pya, Togo
Died: February 5th 2005

Eyadéma at Andrews Air Force Base in the US in October 1983

During his 38 years of ruling, hundreds of political opponents disappeared. It was charged that he fed his opponents to crocodiles. He created a bizarre personality cult which included an entourage of 1000 dancing women whose purpose was to lavish him with songs of praise. He also had a large bronze statue of himself in the square in downtown Lomé. For $20 a Togolese could purchase a wristwatch with an illuminated portrait of himself on the face that appears and fades out every fifteen seconds. He commissioned a superman-like comic of himself in which he is portrayed with supernatural powers. On January 24th 1974, he was the survivor of a plane crash on a Douglas C-47 Skytrain carrying several notable political figures that crashed near the village of Sarakawa. Misrepresenting himself to be the sole survivor of the crash, he attributed his survival to supernatural powers and proclaimed January 24th to be “Economic Liberation Day”. He passed away from a heart attack on February 5th 2005.
Eyadema had 3 wives and 135 children. There is no telling how many children were fathered by secret women on the side.

The ones I could find are the following:

Beheza Gnassingbe (Daughter)
She works at Import-Export Togo Food Company and Service Afrique International both in Lomé, Togo. She was originally from Pya, Lama-Kara, Togo.
Her possible Facebook:

Kpatcha Gnassingbe (Son)
Born: September 6, 1970, Lome, Togo
In 2009 he was arrested by state security forces on charges that he was involved in a plot to overthrow his half-brother who is the current ruler of Togo. His wiki article is here:
His possible Facebook:

He was found guilty and sentenced to 20 years in prison. There are some people who are saying that the bitterness between the two brothers stems from their childhood where Kpatcha would attempt to bully and intimidate the younger Faure.
I am not sure what happened after he was sentenced but it seems he was released early or pardoned or something because he lists his position as working for the Togo government.

Essolizam Gnassingbe was another brother who was charged and tried in the coup plot but was acquitted of the charges and released.

Faure Essozimna Gnassingbe (Son). He is the current president of Togo.
Born: June 6, 1966, Afagnan, Togo
Official Facebook (Public Page):
Official Twitter:
Wikipedia Article:

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Re: Gnassingbe family of Togo
« Reply #1 on: May 23, 2020, 01:18:54 AM »
"He commissioned a superman-like comic of himself in which he is portrayed with supernatural powers. "

That reminds me of some other well known Eccentric people..