The Anlo State Governing Council, situated in the Volta Region, has unveiled an invigorating and rejuvenated Hogbetsotso Za festival for this year’s festivities.
Under the stewardship of a fresh planning committee, the traditional week-long event has undergone a transformation with the introduction of novel activities. These activities are poised to immerse attendees in the rich culture and heritage of the Anlos.
Hogbetsotso Za is an occasion that commemorates the historic journey of the Dogbo Ewe, now recognized as the Anlos, from Notsie in Togo to their present settlement in southern Ghana. Translating to ‘the festival of exodus’ or ‘coming from Hogbe (Notsie),’ this festival has stood as an integral part of the Ewe people’s history and legacy since its inception.
Yearly, this celebration serves as a display of the unity, resilience, and profound cultural roots of the Anlo community. Additionally, it offers a platform to spotlight the tourism potential of the region.
During the launch of the 2023 edition of Hoghetsotso Za, His Royal Majesty, Dutor Torgbuiga Wenya III, emphasized that the festival would once again foster unity within the Anlo State and mobilize resources for developmental initiatives. He extended a promise of an exhilarating experience for both revelers and natives, while also initiating a fundraiser to finalize the Community Center and elevate the Hogbe Park into a functional astroturf facility.
“In this year’s Hogbe Festival, we are embracing a fresh perspective and branding. It represents a new dawn, infused with renewed enthusiasm in the festivities,” he noted. “We extend an invitation to individuals from across Ghana and beyond to witness the profound cultural heritage of the Anlo people.”
He added, “We also appeal for support in terms of funding to complete the community center project and enhance the Hogbe Park, which requires an astroturf to enhance its aesthetic appeal.”
The upcoming festival will introduce innovative activities that spotlight the customs and traditions of the Anlo State. A central focus will be the Food Bazaar, a showcase of a diverse range of indigenous Anlo culinary delights.
Another highlight of this year’s Hogbe Festival is the eagerly anticipated “Food Bazaar.” This event will spotlight the Anlo Kitchen, which boasts a remarkable array of culinary creations. The Anlo Kitchen is recognized as one of the most prolific in West Africa, if not the entire continent. For instance, a single ingredient like corn can yield approximately 45 distinct dishes. Such is the richness of the Anlo kitchen’s offerings.
Mamaga Abui Buiekpor II expressed her excitement about the forthcoming festival, anticipating that Miss Anlo 2023 will once again embody the culture, beauty, and intellect of Anlo State’s women. She is optimistic about the positive impact of the Women Empowerment Conference.
Several new activities have been introduced into the annual festival, including the Chiefs Conference, Career Empowerment Clinic, Tech Day/ICT Training, and Legal Clinic aimed at providing legal education.
Scheduled to take place from October 27th to November 5th, 2023, this year’s Hogbetsotso Za festival will operate under the theme “Anlo arise in unity for progress and development.” Anticipated to draw attendees from various walks of life in Ghana and beyond, the festival is poised to be an exceptional showcase of Anlo culture and heritage.
More Photos from the launch below.