THE STORY OF ADAKLU
KNOW THE ORIGINS OF TOWNS
ADAKLU TRADITIONAL AREA FORMS AN INTEGRAL PART OF THE Adaklu-Anyigbe District, north of the Ho Municipality, in the Volta Region.
Inland from the coastal town of the keta lies an undulating plain which rises gradually until it is broken by the Adaklu Hill and the south-eastern fringe of the Togo Hills.
Here, one enters the Ewe hinterland, beginning with Adaklu.
Adaklu is divided into twenty-seven principal wards, including Abuadi, Tsrefo, Goafe, Agblefe, Sikema, Toko, Ahunda, Kpetu, Kodzobi, and Adaklu-Have. These wards are separated from each other by patches of bush all over the Adaklu Hill.
Abuadi is the seat of Fiaga, while the Afeto Adaklu resides at Goefe where rituals performed.
Adaklu Traditional History: the ancestral home of the founding fathers was Notsie in the present –day Republic of Togo where they were originally known as the Gbeko people.
When Notsie fell into ruins, the Gbekos pulled out under the leadership of Kalo Safoe whose son was Hosu, whose daughter was Safoe. They took along, three cows which were shared among the migrant-leader, his son Hosu, and the high priest of the ancestral deity.
They trekked north-westwards and made their first stop at a place called Evedefe (now Gadzefe) located in Togo. Again, they continued north-westwards towards the Adaklu hill. There was a creek at the foothills where the people knelt and scooped water into their palm or straw hats to quench their thirst. The creek has since been named as “Logloe Take” after the straw hat “logloe Take’.
In the neighbourhood, they met the aboriginal settlers called Avanyaviawo who claimed heavenly descent. They were absorbed into the Gbeko community and became known as Ahloefeawo. From the top of the hill, their ancestors could view sites of earlier settlements created far away at Anudo, Hodze, Klefe and Agu.
Since the land was fertile and suitable for settlement, the migrant-leader encouraged the various group leaders to look round and find new settlements for themselves.
All the group leaders accepted the challenge and came back with reports of their findings, except one leader called Anyage who was kidnapped and executed by unknown assailants at Anyanui, but his son Dradze escaped back to join them and later established himself at Taviefe.
Tradition holds that before the group leaders could split to settle on their individual lands, the migrant-leader who was now old and infirm prepared a sumptuous feast with Hosu’s cow (since the other two had mysteriously vanished). Definitely, it was at this feast where he decided that the name ADAKLU (i.e. “cook and scramble for your share”) came to replace the original name Gbako.
After the special feast, some of them went to establish themselves under the Eweto ( or Ewe Hills), others in the Dayi valley in such towns as Goviefe, Anfoe, Tarukpe, Yete and Have –Etoe, while the rest settled in and around the Adaklu Hills where it is known to this day as ADAKLU.
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Qv E- Y Aduamah – Ewe Traditional No 16-I AS, Legion 1966