The Asantehene, has bemoaned distortions to the historical past of the Asantes and the Anlos, saying they’ve “adversely affected our relationship.”
Otumfuo Osei-Tutu II said the 2 tribes had, up to now, cast concrete alliance throughout an period dominated by intense warfare and had collaborated on many issues of their mutual pursuits and for Ghana as an entire.
The Asantehene made this recognized at this year’s Hogbetsotsoza at Anloga, the traditional competition of the chiefs and other people of Anlo, attended by the Vice President, Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, who represented President Akufo-Addo.
King Tackie Teiko Tsuru II, the Ga Mantse, Daasebre Akuamoah Agyapong II, the Kwahuhene, chiefs and other people of Eweland, and other people from all walks of life, together with neighbouring Togo, Benin, Nigeria and the Diaspora, attended the competition.
Otumfuo Osei-Tutu blamed the “complexities and vagaries of body politics” as having solid the uncomfortable shadow over the Asante-Anlo relations.
He said: “Our people have become associated with differences in political choices to an extent that, that has injected some unwarranted mistrust and compromised the bubbly harmony conceived by our forefathers.”
While nobody may query the political affiliations of individuals from both tribes, it was mistaken to deduce from such variations the existence of any inherent animosity between them, and requested for sources of all unwarranted discord to be flushed out, the Asantehene said.
“Clearly, it is only fair that we begin to debunk the myths and learn to separate the machinations, which drive the conduct of individual politicians from the roots of their birth or their religious orientations.”
He said simply because the Hogbetsotsoza offered a interval of reflection and soul trying to find the settlement and backbone of disputes inside households and among the many folks with the “nugbidodo” (reconciliation) ceremony, the Asantes and Anlos and your entire Ghanaian folks ought to purge themselves of “past contaminants” to present a wholesome environment for discourses in the direction of a united country.
Togbi Sri III, the Awoamefia (Parament King) of Anlo, described the 2022 Hogbetsotsoza as historic and particular, saying it was the primary time a reigning Asantehene graced the competition.
“His presence affirmed the bond of relationship between the Anlos and the Asantes,” he said.
Togbi Sri called on all industrious little kids of Anlo serving Mother Ghana and the world to return house and help improvement initiatives of the land.
On the theme: “Uniting for Development, Sustaining our Unique Cultural Commonwealth for Future Generations,” the competition marked the Anlos’ sixtieth celebration of the legendary exodus of the Ewe-Dogbo people from Notsie in current day Togo.
The Anlo Ewes remained one of many closest allies of the Asantes with the 2 sides supporting each other in occasions of warfare.
The relations between the 2 events, which took the type of army alliance, dates to the mid 1750s of the 18th Century, and continues to depend. Togbi Sri III, the Awoamefia of Anlo
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