The chiefs and people of Some Traditional Area in the Ketu South Municipality have outdoored newly installed Torgbui Gbadago VI, Awadada (warlord) and leader of Domefiawo of Some.
He was earlier selected, confined and taken through the rites of passage in accordance with the chieftaincy customs and traditions, and in serenity and dignity to succeed his predecessor, Torgbui Gbadago V who passed on, aged over 100.
The outdooring at Agbozume, the traditional capital of Some, had in attendance chiefs and queens from the three wings of the Traditional Area and elsewhere, people from religious groups, politics and academia.
Torgbui Gbadago in his speech said his reign would see him run an open-door policy and provide servant-leadership to earn the support of sons and daughters of Some to be able to fight and win modern day economic and development battles.
He called on all to shun petty quarrels but cultivate and demonstrate togetherness and adopt “we can do it spirit in a collaborative and partnership manner with all our stakeholders” to meet the amount of work that needed to be done to improve the socio-economic state of the traditional area.
“Some is for all of us. No one person has financial and non-financial resources to undertake and execute various development projects. I believe that we all need to pool our resources together as a people first, and then and only then do we approach others for assistance.
Others will help if they see efforts being made by the Someawo themselves.”
Togbi Addo VIII, Paramount Chief of Klikor who had Mr Abraham Domi represent him as Chairman for the event urged Torgbui Gbadago to endeavour to be an epitome of peace and not war for the progress of Some.
“Awadada translates as ‘mother of war’ and as there are no more wars but quests for socio-economic developments, you must be seen as ‘mother of peace’ for development to strive in Some because no community develops where there are conflicts and misunderstandings.”
Torgbui Adamah III, the Paramount Chief of Some in a message given on his behalf by Torgbui Atiane bemoaned the chieftaincy disputes that derailed the forward march of Some.
He called on the people to leave the past behind and not see themselves as enemies of Some but join hands for the development of the area.
Prof John Bright Kobla Aheto, a special guest, called for respect for the chieftaincy institution which had played key roles in the past and still relevant as traditional rulers in present times could be seen as symbols of peace and unity of their people, trustees of community lands and properties.
He said traditional chiefs also are providers of sound advice to the political class, trustworthy, competent, effective, and efficient agents for societal goods and promulgators of local laws and mediators in disputes.
The 74-year-old Torgbui Gbadago VI known in his private life as Mr William Kodjo Agamah and who holds a Master of Arts in Economics from McGill University, Montreal is currently the Sessional Instructor in Economics at Concordia University of Edmonton and MacEwan University in Edmonton.