Asogli Te Za Festival

About Asogli Te Za

Traditional, Social, Political, and Religious Leaders, Diplomats, and Corporate and Businessmen from different walks of life gathered at this year’s grand Durbar of the Asogli Te Za (Yam Festival) of the chiefs and people of the Asogli Traditional Area.

The festival, which was absent for three years due to Covid-19 restrictions returned with so much joy and excitement. However, the Durbar produces rich cultural displays with traditional performances from various groups and divisions under the Asogli Traditional Area was held at the Jubilee park (NAFAC)

The theme for the Festival

This year’s Asogli Te Za Festival was themed “Let’s Eschew Greed. Unite for Peace, Development, and Prosperity”. The theme seeks to promote the development of the Asogli State, the Volta Region, and the country at large.

The festival began on the 6th of August 2022 with several activities. For instance; the hailing of the new yam was accompanied by massive processions and purification rites throughout the principal states of Ho to welcome the new yam.

Comments from Togbe Adzie Lakle (Warlord of Asogli)

Togbe Adzie Lakle of Ho-Dome who is the Warlord of the Asogli acknowledged the presence of all the guests who have come to this year’s yam festival and also encouraged the gathering to study the rich and beautiful culture of the people of Asogli.

Comments from Indian High Commissioner

The Indian High Commissioner to Ghana Sugandh Rajaram who was the guest of honor extended his felicitation to Togbe Afede XIV and the people of Asogli and also commended them for the display of rich culture and performance.

He was optimistic about a great partnership with Asogli adding that it will further deepen engagement between India and Ghana, and the Asogli traditional area in Agricultural activities which forms the basis of the country’s economy.

Dasebre Kwebu Ewusi VII

Daasebre Kwebu Ewusi VII, the paramount chief of the Abeadze Traditional Area lauded Togbe Afede XIV’s effort of boosting social and economic development over the years.

What Our Ancestors Have To Say

Togbega Dzudzoli Detu X who represented the Paramount Chief of Notsie, Togbe Agorkoli IV, the Ewefiaga of Togo pledged his unflinching support to Togbe Afede XIV for eschewing greed and calling on all ewes from the west African sub-region to unite for development.

Touching Comments from Former President, John Dramani Mahama

Former President John Dramani Mahama who was the guest speaker commended and congratulated the efforts and commitment of the Agbogbomefia of the Asogli Traditional Area, Togbe XIV for the colorful, vibrancy, and rebranding of this year’s Asogli Te Za.

  • He said “It is heartwarming to join the people of Asogli in celebrating this year’s festival.  The leader of the opposition NDC noted that “the festivals have been a great rallying point for redefining our cultural identity and heritage”
  • He added that “they don’t only serve as an opportunity for knowing our history, but additionally serve as an occasion for reviewing our development plans as a people and unlearn the undesirable consequences and the change in  dynamics of the festival in this era of globalization”

Asogli State Set-Up

The Asogli Traditional Area comprises four traditional setups namely; Akoefe, Ho, Kpenoe, and Taklab with Ho serving as the seat of the paramountcy.

The Asogli state council, the traditional ruling council, comprises the Agbogbomefia, Togbe Afede XIV, who is the President, Paramount chief of Akoefe, Kpenoe, and the five Divisional Chiefs of Ho founded by the direct descendants of Togbe Kakla.

This year’s festival left the people of Asogli and all who visited memories with the great cultural displays and performances.