At the end of the 1950s, there was a growing movement to chase European occupants from Togo.
The movement was equally opposed by a large group of collaborators of the occupants who were employed as civil servants or security agents.
This group was made mainly of men, because the occupants brought with them the European patriarchal system. Men were first to get the colonial education and privileges, therefore they were largely opposed to change .
The leaders of the liberation movement, Sylvanus Olympio, was clever enough to enlist the support of women, who lost their political power to men because of the patriarchal colonisation system. He leveraged too the rural masses who were submitted to forced labor by the occupants.
At the height of the liberation movement in 1958, the women led a huge topless march in Lome, which is still in local memories.
Today, we still have the same polarization in our society. Men (mostly) happily embedded themselves in the colonial systems, secret societies and alumni networks,/ and fight the rest of the society which is made of the hardworking women I wrote about in my previous posts, and the rural masses.
What are African men useful for? (Tip: collaborating with colonial structure to exploit their country for quick gains).