We conducted a small survey among Togolese university students. The Survey was conducted with a very small sample to gather information about Togolese elites or perspective Togolese elites’ perception of foreign countries’ influence in the region.

Eighty percent were Togolese, while the remaining 20 per cent were foreigners. Seventy-five per cent of the Togolese respondents were from the Maritime region while the remaining 25 per cent were from Kara region.

Respondents were asked to indicate which country they believe exercises the greatest influence on Africa. France is believed to be the country with the greatest influence on Africa by 60 per cent of the respondents, while China and South Africa were believed to be the country with the greatest influence by respectively 20 per cent of the respondents.

Respondents were also  asked to indicate whether the country with the greatest influence on Africa does more good or more harm to the African continent. Interestingly while the respondents who identified China or South Africa as the most country exercising the greatest influence on the region believe this country to do more good than harm, the respondents who identify France as the most influential power agreed that France does more harm than good to the region.

Romualda Stormy