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Togo: Nicolas Grunitzky c. 1963 | by Tomathon
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Togo: Nicolas Grunitzky c. 1963

Nicolas Grunitzky was Togo's first Prime Minister (1956-8, under French rule) and it's second President. Sylvanus Olympio's main political rival, when Olympio was overthrown in January 1963, the military committee made Grunitzky the President, largely under the coup leaders' control. When one of their number, Sgt. Étienne Gnassingbé Eyadema, seized power for himself in January 1967, Grunitzky went into exile. He died in a car accident in 1969.

 

This print likely comes from 1963-1966, given the early photo. It has Cocoa and feather symbols. In Ewe, it reads "President of the Republic of Togo" ("Nutifafa Togo du kplolaga") and "unity and fraternity is that which makes peace" ("dekawowo kple novisil|ele hena Ng")

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Taken on May 24, 2012