The Ga Mantse, King Tackie Teiko Tsuru II, and the Arole Oduduwa, Ooni Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi Ojaja II of Ile-Ife, met in Nigeria for the first time.
During the annual Aje Festival in Ile-Ife, where the GaDangme people are thought to have moved from, the two traditional leaders met.
According to a statement from the Office of the Ga Mantse, the Aje Festival is held every February.
Princess Dr. Toyin Kolade, the Global Aje Ambassador, is the event’s patron.
Because they came from Ile-Ife, Nigeria, to their current habitats in Ghana’s south, the Ga people have a special history with the Nigerian people of Ile-Ife.
Numo Akwaa Mensah III, Nai Wolomor representing all Wolomei, Otublohum Mantse, Nii Dodoo Nsaki III, Asere Tsonor Mantse Nii Quao Donkor III, Abola Mantse Nii Ahene Nunoo III, Nii Adote Tsofatse I, Counsel of the Ga Traditional Council representing Sempe Mantse, and Ga Mantse
The Ga State Akwarshongtse Nii Boi Kakadan II, Ga Mantse Asafoatse Captain Nseni Kojo Mankattah IV representing Asafoatsemei, Manyé Yarborkaa Ohetse I of Kwabenya Musu Koo, Chief of Staff Justice Naa Yarley Sarkodie-Mensah, Head of Business, Investment & Development Directorate Hon. Lawrence Adjei
“As the royal visitors took their seats, traditional groups at the Ooni’s Palace welcomed their GaDangme family with song and dance displays.
“The Arole Oduduwa, Ooni Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi Ojaja II of Ile Ife marched majestically into the arms of his Royal Brother King Tackie Teiko Tsuru II, Ga Mantse.” “Happiness enveloped the Hall, with everyone cheering and drummers doing their normal gor-goorn-gor-gor,” according to a statement released on Facebook by the Office of the Ga Mantse.
The Ooni of Ife requested for the standing ovation to be cut short after 7 minutes so that his Royal Brother could be publicly welcomed back to his roots, according to the post.
“The Obas’ customary technique of acknowledging the presence of their King was to kneel and lie face down, acknowledging the supremacy of the Ooni of Ife’s Paramount Seat and begging his blessings.” Whether they rise or lay prostrate at that posture is determined by the Ooni of Ife’s answer.
“The Ooni of Ife addressed the assemblage, explaining the Yoruba and GaDangme People’s history,” it continued.
The Ooni went on to say that he met King Tackie Teiko Tsuru II in Accra in 2016 and pledged to host him in Ile Ife when he was crowned with the symbolic Adowa Fai, the Ga people’s authority.