The Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, will join the Awomefia of Anlo state, Togbe Sri III, to celebrate the Hogbetsotso festival this Saturday, November 6, 2022 in Keta in the Volta Region. The historical visit to the Volta Region, while it will not be the first time, is hugely anticipated to add to the grandeur of the meeting between the two powerful traditions in the country.
The relationship between Asante and Anlo states dates back to the 19th century during the reign of Asantehene Kofi Karikari, when the Asante, Akwamu and Anlo States formed a tripartite alliance during the Asante-Krepi War (1869-1872).
The Hogbetsotso festival is celebrated to remember how the Anlos escaped the tyrannical rule of Togbe Agorkoli from Notsie about four centuries ago. It is a migratory festival that has been celebrated by the Anlos for many years. It also serves as a rallying event for citizens of Anlo – both at home and abroad. It is one big event that attracts lots of tourists from far and near to see the beautiful display of culture and tradition.
This year’s celebration is on the theme ‘60 Years of Anlo Hogbetsotso Za: Uniting for Development, Sustaining our Unique Cultural Commonwealth for Future Generations’.