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Asantehene, Ga Mantse, Kwahuhene to attend 2022 Hogbetsotso Za

The 60th edition of the Hogbetsotso Za to be celebrated by the Chiefs, elders, and the people of the Anlo State will be bigger and better as four prominent Chiefs are expected to be in attendance for the grand durbar slated for 5th November 2022 at Hogbe Park at Anloga.

In an interview with gbcghanaonline.com, the Awadada of Anlo State, Torgbui Agbesi Awusu II noted that, this year’s celebration will be attended by Asantehene Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, Paramount Chief of Kwahu Traditional Area, Daasebre Akumoah Agyapong II, The Ga Mantse, Nii Tackie Teiko Tsuru II, and the current King Agorkorli of Nortsie of Togo.

The theme for the celebration is “60 Years of Anlo Hogbetsotso Za: Uniting for Development, Sustaining our Unique Cultural Commonwealth for Future Generations”.

The Hogbetsotso Festival is a migratory festival that has been celebrated by the Anlos for many years now.

It also serves as a uniting event for citizens of Anlo both at home and abroad. It is one big event that attracts lots of tourists from far and near to see the beautiful display of culture and tradition.

The festival is currently underway in selected communities under the State with the grand durbar slated for November 5, 2022.

Hogbetsotso Festival is celebrated by the people of Anlo in the Volta Region of Ghana. The celebration starts in the month of November at Anloga, which is the traditional and ritual capital of the Anlo state.

The Festival is a day that unfolds Ewe history and brings to play the memories of legendary exodus and heroic acts of men of boldness and their mystical powers that liberated the Ewe-Dogbo people from the rule of tyrant King of Kings Torgbui Agorkorli of Nortsie in Togo. Nortsie is seen as the place of major exodus of the Anlo ancestry.

ORIGIN

‘HOGBETSOTSO’ is derived from the word ‘HOGBE’ or ‘HOHOGBE’ the day of exodus, the moment in time when the Ewes in the Dogbo quarter of the walled city of Nortsie in Togo, escaped from the tyrannical ruler Agorkorli by walking backwards.

In order to commemorate the exodus and the bravery of their traditional rulers who led them on the journey, the people created this annual “Festival of the Exodus”.

Activities

There are many ceremonies associated with the festival, including a peace-making period where all outstanding problems are supposed to be resolved.

This is a purification ceremony of the traditional stool and a period of general cleaning when the villages are swept and rubbish burnt. This cleaning ceremony begins at the Volta Estuary and goes on for days until it finally reaches the Mono River in the Republic of Benin.

An essential aspect of the festival is a durbar of chiefs and the people. Chiefs dress in very colorful regalia and sit in state to receive homage from their subjects.

Dancing, singing and general merry-making go on throughout the festival. The main durbar always take place on the first Saturday of November in Anloga, the traditional home of the Anlo–speaking Ewes in the Volta Region.

The durbar forms a significant part of the week-long Hogbetsotso festival which commemorates the migration of the Anlo – Ewes from the ancient walled city of Notsie in present-day Northern Togo to their present settlement. The festival culminated in drumming and dancing to “Husago” by walking “backwards” which they claimed was to elude their enemies who might follow them after they had escaped the tyranny of the wicked King Agorkoli.

The event brings together all the chiefs and elders of Anlo-land at a colourful durbar to mark the annual event in the Volta Region.

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