If there is any village in Togo resembling the Garden of Eden, then Davedi is the place. Historically Davedi was founded by a couple: Dan the man and Evedo his wife. They were the descendants of the great Kingdom of Notse, which declined in 1720 at the reign of the strong King: Agokoli. Currently about 1500 people are living in the village.
Davedi is a rural village, situated about 60 kilometers northeast of Lomé. Typical for Davedi are its vast pineapple fields which are an important source of income. Like any other rural population in West Africa, the majority of the people are farmers. For Davedi oil palm trees and pineapples are the main cash crops. While men are mainly engaged in palm wine distillation, women are enganged in processing palm nuts into palm oil.
The village constitutes of 6 quarters according to the various clans. In each quarter there is a chief, followed in hierarchy by clan heads and family heads. The head of all Davedi is the chief of the village: Chief Dessou IV.
There are many African religions in Davedi. Some worship the God of thunder, others "Mami Water", the God of Water. But Christianity has won many souls.
The Pineapple Village Lodge in Davedi
At the time of writing the construction of basic accommodation is in an advanced state. A mud-brick building with thatch roofing is completed, offering two guestrooms. Work on the toilet and kitchen facilities are ongoing (May 2012).
Turning Davedi into a small-scale eco-destination was the initiative of Isaac Aziawoo, who was born in Davedi. Isaac has been working with Jolinaiko Eco Tours as a guide since 2009 and shares our vision on fueling local development through tourism. His commitment and character inspired two tourists who travelled with him in 2010 to donate seed funding for the realization of the Village Lodge in Davedi.
You can read more about Davedi and Isaac on the website of the Stepping Stones for Africa Foundation (currently in Dutch only).
During your stay at the Pineapple Village Lodge, you can take part in various 'community experiences' which are organized by the villagers.
More photos of Davedi and the Pineapple Village Lodge can be found in our photo album.
Davedi is located about 45 km northwest of Lomé, on the road from Tsevie to Gati: