When an important person in a society dies, it sometimes becomes necessary for chiefs and elders to also pen down their heartfelt tributes.
We shall look at some examples below:
Tribute by Chiefs and Elders in Ghana Examples
Tribute by Chiefs and Elders in Ghana (Example 1)
Tribute from Chiefs and Elders of Shia in Memory of the Late Tufia/Avafia of Shia Traditional Area, Togbe Golo III
God Almighty has given every one of us a chance to perform the special mission for which we were created. How amazing that is; so when you seek to discover God’s will for your life, pay attention to what He has gifted you. His plan for you will always be directly related to the gifts that He has bestowed upon you. The great news is that you will automatically be good at whatever it is that He has called you to do.
Togbe Golo III of Shia was known in private life as Winfred Avudzivi. As a beaming young man with exuberant energy, he was found capable to succeed his late uncle Togbe Golo II aka Andreas Avudzivi, when he passed on and the Avafia stool became vacant. The King makers of the Fiogbe clan deemed it fit and proper to select Mr. Winfred Avudzivi to this high office of the land as Tufia/Avafia, to fill the vacuum created by the departure of Togbe Golo II.
On the 5th of December, 1992, at a colourful ceremony at Shia which heralded another dynasty of the people of the Shia Traditional Area, the affable young man, Winfred, with other lads were enstooled as wing chiefs for Togbe Adzalu and the current Paramount Chief Togbe Dadzawa III of the traditional area.
His first assignment upon ascending the throne was the planning and execution of a befitting final funeral rites for the late Paramount Chief of the traditional area Togbe Dadzawa II aka Thomas Anku Kojo. It was a funeral par excellence.
As a ‘warlord’ for the traditional area, he and the other chiefs and elders planned the funeral of Togbe Adzalu III when he suddenly passed on. He was the left wing Chief of Shia.
9 In the recent past, because of his earlier d stellar performance, he was again appointed co-chair for the funeral planning committee for the late Togbe Dzimedzor IV, the Asafofia of the Shia Traditional Area. This funeral will go into the annals of the town.
As Tufia/Avafia of the people, he was very instrumental, and together with the elders, organized Asafo groups and displayed. musketry at Avee for the late Fiaga Akolikpo of the Avee Traditional Area and Togbe Akoto of Awuiasu Dodome, respectively.
It is also on record how he led another powerful Asafo group which displayed at the funeral of the Monarch of Asogli State, Togbe Asor ll the late Agbogbomefia. He again organized a powerful Asafo group made up of chiefs and elders to Ho, the regional capital, for the enstoolment of the present Paramount Chief of the Asogli State, Togbe Afede XIV, the Agbogbomefia of Asogli State and the current President of the National House of Chiefs.
Togbe Golo III was a gentleman and yet very resolute, fearless and dynamic. He carried out all assignments for the well-being of the community with care and enormous dedication and seriousness.
Togbe Golo III was an astute nationalist who took keen interest in education; he teamed up with his colleague chiefs and elders in the building of two modern primary schools in the town for the Roman Catholic and Evangelical Presbyterian churches respectively. He was a strong pillar and a force to reckon with in the establishment of our new senior high technical school; he was relentless. Togbe, we thank you for the leadership roles you played.
Togbe, we miss you dearly, for the void you have left can never be filled. The little time you stayed with us has left fond memories in our hearts. As we mourn your death today, we console ourselves with the strong belief that as a ‘warlord’ and devout Christian, you are resting in the loving arms of the Lord your Maker. May mother earth lie gently on you. Fare thee well till we meet on the Resurrection when we shall unite. God be with you
He de nyuie.
Tsitsiawogblor be Agble-golo metsia agble wo xa nu o. Gake egbea yamiele nuxam, mia di godooakpoekokokoake de enuakope: Togbe Golo III, baba, baba, na wo, Adieu, Dzudzor le nutifafa me. Amen.