Te Za, which means “Yam Festival” in Ewe, reflects the rich culture and history of the Asogli people in Ho. The Asogli Te Za, is celebrated annually by the chiefs (Togbewo, Mamawo) and the people of Asogli State in the Volta Region.
It is celebrated every September to thank God, the gods and ancestors for a bumper harvest. They also offer prayers for good health and prosperity during that time.
It is also celebrated to foster unity, reconciliation, stock-taking and mobilization of resources to develop the State.
According to legend, yam cultivation by the Ewes was started by a hunter who found a tuber in the forest on a hunting expedition during famine. Instead of sending the yam home, he cooked it and ate and hid the rest in the soil for another time.
To his surprise, the yam germinated and became big, and that marked the beginning of the cultivation of yam by the Ewes. The Ewes celebrated the festival in Ghana after migrating from Notse in the Republic of Togo.
Asogli State is located in the Volta Region, Ghana, West Africa. Ho, the capital of Volta Region, is also the capital of Asogli State, which was an antonymous kingdom before the advent of colonialism.
The Asogli people are the dominant group in the Ho Municipality. Asogli State comprises four traditional set-ups, Akoefe, Ho, Kpenoe and Takla. These four traditional set-ups were founded by the direct descendants of Togbe Kakla. Ho serves as the seat of the paramountcy.
The Asogli State Council, the traditional ruling council, comprises the Agbogbomefia, Togbe Aƒede XIV, who is the President, Paramount Chief of Akoefe, Kpenoe and Takla and the five Divisional Chiefs of Ho.