The Gbi State in Hohoe has laid to rest, its Paramount Chief,
Togbega Gabusu VI with a display of colourful culture and tradition.
The casket carrying the remains of the late ruler was led in a procession by chiefs and Queens and warriors firing musketry from the Gbi Traditional Council to the St Francis College ofEducation park with Togbe Adzimah V, Divisional Chief of Gbi Abansi mounting the palanquin.
Togbega Gabusu, known in private life as Eli Billy Bright Kormla Kumadie, a teacher byprofession, was enstooled as Paramount Chief of the Gbi Traditional Area, Hohoe, on May 25,1989.
He reigned for 29 years, served as the Vice President and President of the Volta RegionalHouse of Chiefs, Member of the National House of Chiefs, and also served on the boards of some institutions notably, the Ghana Aids Commission and the Forestry Commission.
Togbega Gabusu hailed from the Royal Kadrake Gate; one of the three Gates of the Royal Torkoni Clan of Gbi-Hohoe and till his demise by customary practices also reigned as the Divisional Chief of Gbi-Hohoe and Chief of the Royal Torkoni Clan.
Reverend Dr. Lt Col (Rtd) Bliss Divine Kofi Agbeko, the Moderator of the General Assembly,Evangelical Presbyterian Church, Ghana, in a sermon, urged believers to live a life worth emulating and which they would be remembered for when they were no more.
Togbega Gabusu is survived by three wives; Mrs Rejoice Adzo Dzagli Kumadie, Mrs Eunice
Darko Lartey Kumadie, and Mrs Yawa Jacobs Kumadie.
He left behind eight children and 14 grandchildren.
Wives of the late ruler described him as affectionate and a family man
Togbega Gabusu’s children, in a tribute, recollected the fond memories they had with their father which they would find hard to forget.
Togbe Keh XII, Divisional Chief of Gbi Wegbe, in a tribute on behalf of the Gbi Traditional Council, said they were grateful that the late ruler projected of the Area.
He said the loving nature of Togbega Gabusu had been the reason behind the existence of peace throughout the area.
Tributes were read from the Presidency, former President John Dramani Mahama, the Evangelical Presbyterian Church, family members, and close relations of the late ruler.
A government delegation led by Dr Archibald Yao Letsa, Volta Regional Minister, Mr JohnPeter Amewu, Minister of Railway Development and Hohoe Constituency Member of Parliament, Professor Jane Nanaa Opoku Agyeman, 2020 Running Mate of the National Democratic Congress and delegation, Deiga Kwadzo Dei XII, Paramount Chief of Peki
Traditional Area and delegation, Torgbui Adzonugaga Amenya Fiti V, Paramount Chief of Aflao Traditional Area and delegation graced the royal burial ceremony.
Togbe Tepre Hodo IV, President, Volta Regional House of Chiefs and delegation, prominent traditional rulers, clergy, the Muslim community, and people from all walks of life attended the
Donations were also received from dignitaries including Dr George Akuffo Dampare, Inspector General of Police.