THOUSANDS of Ewes from Ghana, Togo, Benin and other parts of the world, flocked to Notsie, in Togo, at the weekend to take part in a pilgrimage to their ancestral home.
The ceremony coincided with the celebration of the Agbogboza (cultural festival) of the people of Notsie, which was climaxed with a grand durbar in the ancient town on Saturday.
The delegation of chiefs and people from Ghana was led by the President of the Volta Region House of Chiefs, Togbe Afede XIV, who is also the Agbogbomefia of the Asogli State.
Among them was Togbi Sri III, the Awoamefia of Anlo, Togbe Kwadzo Dei IV, Chief of Akoefe-Avenui, Togbe Gabusu VI and Togbe Bansah I, Paramount Chief and Ngoryifia respectively of Gbi Traditional Area, as well as chiefs from Tapa and Santrokofi.
The event was under the theme: ‘Celebrating Culture to Promote Peace and Development’.
The guest of honour at the durbar was the Togolese Prime Minister, Mr Selom Komi Klasssou, who said the strong ties of blood, culture and history made Ewes a powerful people who could make immense contribution to regional integration efforts.
He said the strong solidarity among Ewes, as witnessed at Notsie, bore testimony to the fact that international frontiers could never separate them.
Festivals such as the Agbogboza, the Prime Minister said, should be revered, as they exposed the young people to the rich cultural values of their forebears, besides bringing them together.
Earlier, Togbe Afede commended the Togolese government for the prevailing peace which made it possible for all Ewes to converge on Notsie to renew the bond of kinship, and also adopt plans to move ahead as a people of a common ancestry.
He paid glowing tribute to Togbe Agokoli V, the King of Ewes in Togo, for his concern for the welfare of all Ewes, irrespective of their location, and his commitment to preserve the heritage from the ancestors, describing him as an icon of unity, peace and progress.
On behalf of the people of the Asogli State, Togbe Afede donated CFA100, 000,000 towards a museum project at Notsie to preserve the heritage of the Ewes.
From Alberto Mario Noretti,