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History of Yilo Krobo can’t lost like that Asofoatse Nene Tetteh Avi II

History of Yilo Krobo can’t lost like that Asofoatse Nene Tetteh Avi II

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THE FORMATION OF THE YILO STATE.

The first two tribes to settle on the Krobo Hill were led by two priestly patriarchs, Akromoisi and Madza, the priest of Naousi and kloweki respectively.
The Madza people were part of abatch of immigrants from Sameh who, on their first arrival in the District settled on the Lolovo Hill where they divided into two parties : one went to ‘Okohwem’ near the coast and became the nucleus of the Ada tribes: the other under Madza came to Klo which have been corrupted by the Akan speaking group into Krobo.
The Akromoisi’s party were immigrants from Zungru. It is not agreed whether Akromoisi’s people or the Madza people were the first on the Hill but the balance of evidence seems to favour akromoisi.
At any rate neither party was much in advance of the other and the two patriarchs, Akro and Madza were known as ‘brothers’ and set up a dual organisation .
Not long afterwards these two groups were joined by two more, the Susui or Domeli who were Ewe people from Adome, and the Bonya or Bose whose origin is not agreed upon.
The four group were governed by a joint council which met on aflat rock called Anikaka.
On the Anikaka rock was four smaller stones on which the chief priests sat.
All the four groups were composite.
For instance, Dose of Madza tribe had two sub-divisions, Dzebiam and Akweno. Dzebiam in turn consistent of four extended family groups (Nam, Agbom, Yokwenya and Ogome) each with a family god (Lete-Na, Likposu, Mete and Totroku respectively)
The Akweno consist of several, the most important being Asemdua, the house of the high priest of kroweki.
Later on, further parties of strangers came to dwell on the Hill, but the new comers were not granted separate stones on Anikaka. Each was assigned a place in one or other of the four groups surrounding the four stones.

History of Yilo Krobo can’t lost like that Asofoatse Nene Tetteh Avi II

The four groups were known as:
1.Dose(MADZA), around the stone of the Goddess kroweki
2.Manya(AKROMOISI), around the stone of the god Naousi.
Bose, (Bose or Bonya), around the stone of the god Kronako.
4.Domeli(Domeli and Susui), around the stone of the god Hiono.
Though the worshippers of Naousi may have been the first arrival on the hill, there seems no doubt that the Kloweki’s priest was the senior priest of all. He was and to this day known as the “Okumo”. He had a court called the koyomom consisting of seven judges or Dzemeli.

On the Hill, into the Bose group came several Denkyera parties, a group called Okpe wvho claim to be aborigines from the neighbouring Okle Hill, and a few others. Much later, apart of the Ogome sub-section of the original Dose broke off and removed to Bose.

Still Later the whole Bose group broke away and become Yilo Krobo. It was Ogome that formed the Yilo state. On account of riot among the Bose it was decided that a special officer, Wetse Sackey( Aklo Sackey) from the house of Ogome to go and live with them and keep them in order.

He however set up a war stool at Bose and he later took away the Okumo’s stool, the priestly stool of the first patriarch Madza. The o war stool co-exist with the original priestly stool of the first Patriarch Madza. The two stool are in Yilo / Ogome to this day.

History of Yilo Krobo can’t lost like that Asofoatse Nene Tetteh Avi II

There is no doubt that Wetse Saki war stool is the oldest war stool in Yilo Klo and that Wetse Saki was the first ‘Konor’ of the Bose or Yilo Section.
The kloli (Krobos) remained more or less united nation until 1858 when to quote Clarisse vol. 1 p. 499:”in 1858, Ologo Patu, the chief of Southern western Krobo, led a rebellion against the Government.

This also owed it’s origin partly to the strong objection the people of Eastern districts had to paying the poll tax, and partly to the quarrel with Odonkor Azu, the chief of Eastern Krobo, whom Patu attached…… ” From that time till today the Krobos have been admistered as two separate states, name today Manya and Yilo Krobo.

In the same 1858, was the time Ogome clan was divided. Between 1872-1892 the Ogome people were then living at Ahunya a village shown on the 1885 map, but not on the modern topographical sheet which today is describe as Ogome.
in 1892 the government of the Gold Coast acquired all the rights, titles and interest of Krobo people on Krobo Hill. the 1891 census figures shows that the hill at time was occupied by 1,153 Yilos and 1,115 Manyas totalling 2,268 Krobos.
The Ogome people remained the lawful landlords and rulers of the Yilo State. There gave lands around Somanya Ogome for settlements for groups that joined them either from the mountains or after their evacuation.

The groups that joined the Ogome in forming the Yilo State and are subject to the Ogome paramount stool are Bonya, Okpe, Plau, Bunase and Nyewer.

History of Yilo Krobo can’t lost like that Asofoatse Nene Tetteh Avi II

Nowhere was there
any suggestion that the Denkyiras strangers joined the Dangmes as conquerors. They came as destitute supplicants and in every case the Adangmes made the terms on which they are receives.

These terms included submission to the
rite of circumcision and no stranger was allowed on the Krobo Hill till he undergone this rite.
Mr Crowther’s report narrates how, after simultaneous deaths small- pic of chief Noi of Nyewe and chief Lami of Ogome ,
the Ogome stool (which the government have recognized as paramount) remained vacant for a long time while the stool was promptly occupied. During the vacancy of the Ogome stool the Nyewer Stool was treated as paramount and recognized by the Government.
Mr. Crowther’s inquiry was into the rival claims to paramountcy of Nyewer and Ogome. He left the enquiry unfinished recommending that it should be resume and know that it was Mr Crowthers Opinion that the Ogome’s had at least ‘a case’.
One of this rival claim for the paramountcy was contended for by Chief Tetteh Avi I in a letter dated September 15th, 1905 to the then Governor in respond to a Telegram No. 119 that requires him to send particulars of the late king Sackey Odikros stool.

History of Yilo Krobo can’t lost like that Asofoatse Nene Tetteh Avi II

The stool which is now being occupy by ,Nene Aklo sackey II.
The heritage of the Yilo state: the good governance, at Anikaka Council, their ceramic craft work, their expertise skill in agriculture, the dipo custom and their ability to coexist and govern diversity of tribes peacefully is remained dormant up to date unrestored and undeveloped.

Our Motto: Ja Mawu p3 (only God) show our strong faith in God.

The time set by God is now. Nene Tetteh Avi II and Nene Aklo Sackey II is calling all citizens of Yilo and the royal Ogome in the country and diaspora to come for us to reason and restore our heritage.

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