Togbe Agorkoli was the legendary ruler of Notsie, a modern-day Togo city. During his reign, the Ewe peoples of what is now Ghana and Togo fled Notsie and settled in their current homelands. He ruled the Ewe with an iron hand, putting anyone who spoke out against him on trial and, always, finding them guilty, which meant death. When the Ewe people decided they didn't want to live under his command, they sought out Togbe Tsali, a well-known and powerful hunter.
Tsali decided to listen to their arguments. It is said that he enchanted the drums to bring all the royals and Togbe Agorkoli to sleep during a festive holiday. He then rallied the citizens to pass through a gap in a thick mud wall, freeing the Ewe people from Notsie's clutches. Tsali persuaded the civilians to walk backwards in order to confuse their pursuers when fleeing.
According to legend, when Togbui Agorkoli realized that many of his people had vanished, he ordered his soldiers to go find them, but they were unable to do so because they had moved backwards. According to other sources, Tsali transformed into a mouse and reversed the course of their footprints.
Following the exodus, the Ewe were led by Torgbui Ewenya, a wise man. Torgbui Ewenya, their formal chief, gave them the name Ewe.
Content created and supplied by: Amos_news (via Opera News )
Opera News is a free to use platform and the views and opinions expressed herein are solely those of the author and do not represent, reflect or express the views of Opera News. Any/all written content and images displayed are provided by the blogger/author, appear herein as submitted by the blogger/author and are unedited by Opera News. Opera News does not consent to nor does it condone the posting of any content that violates the rights (including the copyrights) of any third party, nor content that may malign, inter alia, any religion, ethnic group, organization, gender, company, or individual. Opera News furthermore does not condone the use of our platform for the purposes encouraging/endorsing hate speech, violation of human rights and/or utterances of a defamatory nature. If the content contained herein violates any of your rights, including those of copyright, and/or violates any the above mentioned factors, you are requested to immediately notify us using via the following email address operanews-external(at)opera.com and/or report the article using the available reporting functionality built into our Platform See More