Offbeat Togo: Victoire Sidémèho Tomegah-Dogbé, 1st woman Prime Minister since independence

01:25  29 september  2020
01:25  29 september  2020 Source:   rfi.fr

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Victory Sidémého Dzidudu Dogbe Tomegah , born in Lomé, in the maritime region of Togo , is a politician. She is Minister of Grassroots Development, Handicrafts, Youth and Youth Employment in the Komi Selom Klassou Government and Cabinet Director of President Faure Essozimna Gnassingbe.

The Council of Ministers of Togo consists of members appointed by the President with the advice of the Prime Minister . The Council of Ministers is chaired by the Prime Minister and is tasked with managing government operations. Cabinet list is accurate as of July 8, 2013.

Victoire Sidémèho Tomegah sur le site officiel de la présidence togolaise (capture d'écran). © Screenshot Victoire Sidémèho Tomegah on the official website of the Togolese presidency (screenshot).

Seven months after the presidential election of February 22, Faure Gnassingbé, elected for a fourth term of five years, appointed a woman, Victoire Sidémèho Tomegah-Dogbé, Prime Minister. A first since independence.

With our correspondent in Lomé, Peter Sassou Dogbé

Born in December 1959, Victoire Sidémèho Tomegah, wife of Dogbé, is from Badougbé on the shores of Lake Togo in the prefecture of Vo, the phosphate mining area. She began her professional career in the private sector after a master's degree in economics and management, option in business management at the University of Benin, current University of Lomé; before joining the United Nations development program in 1998.

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Female prime minister or state counselor as deputy to the combined head of state and government. The first woman to be democratically elected as prime minister of a country was Sirimavo Bandaranaike of Declared independence from the Russian Soviet Republic on 25 December 1917.

She entered the government for the first time in September 2008, when she was not known politically, as Minister Delegate to the Prime Minister in charge of grassroots development.

Woman in the field

She quickly gained stripes: in May 2009, Victoire Sidémèho Tomegah was appointed Chief of Staff to the President of the Republic, a post she had combined with that of Minister of Grassroots Development, Crafts, of Youth and Youth Employment until his appointment as head of the Prime Minister's office.

Since Monday, September 28, Victoire Sidémèho Tomégah is the first woman in the history of Togo to hold this position; her main mission, in this period of Covid-19, will be the readjustment of the national development plan, the main project of the 4th term of Faure Gnassingbé

Victoire Sidémèho Tomégah is the mother of three grown-up daughters. A grassroots woman, she enjoys reading, singing, dancing, and playing the guitar in her spare time.

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