Anloga, the traditional and ritual capital of the Anlo people was euphoric with a colorful grand durbar of traditional leaders, priests, priestesses, folks from the diaspora, and political dignitaries who converged to support the People of Anglo mark the historic Hogbetsotso festival. The festival was graced by four flagbearer aspirants of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) and other former ministers of the party. The aspirants include the former President of the Republic of Ghana, John Dramani Mahama, Second Deputy Speaker of Parliament and MP for Nadowli/Kaleo, Alban Sumana Kingsford Bagbin, Dr Ekow Spio-Garbrah and Slyvester Mensah CEO of the National Health Insurance Authority.
This years’ event was very remarkable and goes down to history because it united the paramount chief of Asogli state, Agbogbomefia Torgbe Afede XIV and the Awoamefia of Anlo State Torgbe Sri III as the former has made a royal visit for the festival (Hogbetsotso) and to interact with the chiefs and of people of Anlo.
Torgbe Sri III, welcomed His Royal Highness Torgbe Afede and was anticipative, it is the beginning of a new dawn. He stated that the theme for the festival, “Shoring-UP our cultural capital: Uniting in Commonwealth and Resolve’ is a timely reflection of what the people of the region have been demanding.
Torgbe Afede XIV in his dialogue point out that his visit to the Anlo State is analytic of resolution of differences of the chiefs and people and called for unity. “This festival celebration should teach us to love one another and also take away selfish tendencies among the good people of the land”.
Thrilled by the historic visit of the Agbogbomefia of the Asogli state, Torgbe Sri III narrated how the Ewes migrated to Notsie before migrating to their present settlements. “I’m very excited to have been here to vividly remember how our forefathers migrated to our present place of habitat. The Hogbetsotso festival is celebrated to foster unity and everyone is involved. Our main preoccupation is to be thinking of how we progress steadily as a people.
The Progressive Co-operative Credit Union organized the “First Anlo Quiz” and awarded the winners of the Inter-Schools Challenge for Senior High Schools in the Volta Region, as part of activities to mark the Hogbetsotso festival in the Anlo traditional area.
Four schools participated in the keen competition that focused on the history of the Anlo people and the Hogbetsotso festival. Justice Agbesi led the Anlo Senior High School to in the competition. He attributed his success to the support and insight of the history about the Anlo people narrated to him by his grandmother and his teacher and his hard work and dedication.
He appreciated the Progressive Co-operate Credit Union for awarding a trophy, chairs to his school, books and a cash price of GH¢ 500 which was his personal award, he believes will make a lot of difference in his studies.
His representative from the same school, Grace Setugbe was also appreciative of the quiz competition and called for organizers to replicate the activity next year. She concluded that this will be motivation for other students to take their history more seriously.