Monday, October 22, 2007
Amoamefia at last
AFTER years of consultations and controversies, the chiefs and people of the Anlo Traditional Area have selected and confined a new Awoamefia to succeed the late Togbui Adeladza II, who died (2) two years ago.
The nominee is the acting Awoamefia and President of the Anlo Traditional Council, Togbui Sri III.
The selection and confinement followed a critical meeting held by the kingmakers of the Royal Adzovia Clan at Anloga at the weekend.
The meeting, which was held behind closed doors, was attended by clan heads, chief priests and elders from the royal clan.
Accordingly, the grand installation ceremonies are expected to coincide with next year’s Hogbetsotso festival.
The Stool Secretary, Mr. Napoleon Agboada, however, said the details of the programme of activities would be released at a press conference at Anloga at the weekend.
The acting Stool Father, Mr. Albert Kwashi Sadika, later told the Daily Graphic that, “We are at the beginning of a new journey. In accordance with customary practices of the Royal Adzovia Clan, led by persons acting in the capacity of high priests, and after the necessary spiritual consultations, a new Awoamefia has been selected and already confined”.
“The nominee is currently going through customary rituals and other rites by the royal clan, which has both the spiritual and the ruling power in Anlo”, Mr. Sadika said.
According to him, the installation and other committees were in the process of being formed in all divisions under the traditional council, adding that “in due course, a programme of activities will be released for the attention and participation of the public”.
The three royal houses, the Yoxoenu, Deti and Alagbati, on February 23, 2003, under the leadership of their high priests and senior members, nominated and customarily slaughtered a ram to signify the selection of a Fiadomegatala (regent) for the Awoamesi.
In June 2003, the said regent, with the title Fiadomegatala, Sri III, was presented to the Anlo Traditional Council, then chaired by the most senior Divisional Chief, Torgbui Addo VIII of Klikor, at its meeting.
Upon the death of Togbui Adeladza, the celebration of Hogbetsotso festival was suspended according to custom because there was no Awoamefie to preside over its celebration.
In response to public outcry and request, the celebration of the Hogbetsotso festival was resumed with all the II divisions under the traditional council, namely Avenor, Afife, Dzodze, Aflao, Somey, Penyi, Wheta, Ave-Have, Ave-Afiedenyigba, Ave-Xevi and Klikor re-united and brought back onto the council.
Three judicial committees of the council have started work under Torgbui Hor II of Somey, Togbui Fiti V of Aflao and Torgbui Tu Aglalekpor of Ave-Xevi.
Mr. Sadika expressed concern about how the customs and tradition of the area were being denigrated while enlightened personalities in society kept mute as if they agreed with the saying that “our customs and traditions are evil and primitive”.
He acknowledged the fact that there were backward culture but added that tradition was dynamic and must be allowed to reform.
When Daily Graphic contacted the Fiadomegatala (President of the council), Regent Torgbui Sri III, he declined to comment on the issues but said, “I am still the Regent”.
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