The Kotokoli in reality are none other than the Tem or Temba, who, at some point in their history, were identified as "Kotokoli" in consequence of the nickname that was given to them: koto kolim.

The Kotokoli are an ethnic group living in West African countries, more precisely in Togo, Ghana and Benin.

Traditionally they are a population of great traders, today they are also good farmers: they practice the Muslim religion but with influences from the ancestral religions.

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The Kotokoli or Temba
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The Temba or Kotokoli villages