any Ghanaians were shocked to learn that the Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, had agreed to honour this year’s Hogbetsotso of the Anlo’s.
Many Ghanaians who were unfamiliar with the local history of the Ashantis and the Anlo’s were left in a state of confusion.
Many people were perplexed as to why the Asnatehene would agree to travel to the two ethnic groups given the tension and rift that political conflict and tribal bigotry had caused.
The Asantehene at the time, Otumfuo Opoku Ware II, sent gold dust and other supplies for the Awoamefia of Anlo’s funeral after the death of Torgbui Adeladza II, the former king of Anlo, in 1998.
The Asantehene traditionally lays to rest the Anlo Awoamefia.
The two parties first interacted in the middle of the 18th century, around 1750, and their relationship eventually developed into a military alliance. (Relation Damfo)
Through diplomats dispatched by the Anlo state, the Awoamefia and the war councils occasionally communicated with the Asantehene’s courthouse.
The sword, once a part of the regalia of the Kaklalu Stool of Anlo, is still in existence. The Anlo were given a sizable plot of land in Kumasi to colonize because of their strong bond, and Asantehene gave them the name Anloga or Anloga Junction to honour their former home in the Volta.
They were given the name Kotoko or Anlo Kotoko.
A “Royal Anlo Ewe” can now easily participate in rituals during Akwasidae or Odwira in the sacred stool house by joining the Asantehene’s circle.
The long-standing alliance between Asante and Anlo is still in effect. On Saturday, Hogbetsotso Za will be observed by Otumfuo Osei Tutu II at Anloga.