The Gbi Traditional Council, Hohoe, has officially announced the demise of Mamaga Dewotornyo I, Paramount Queen mother of the Gbi Traditional Area.

The late Mamaga Dewotornyo, who reigned for 50 years, hailed from the Asamani and Kadrake Royal families and was as well the Queen mother of Hohoe and the Torkorni Royal clan.  

She was born on 20th September 1940 and was enstooled with her title at the age of 29 years on August 29, 1969.

Divisional Chief of Gbi-Atabu, Togbe Adzofuwusu IV announced the demise of the late Paramount Queen mother on behalf of Togbe Worde IV, Acting President of the Gbi Traditional Council.

Gbi State announces demise of Paramount Queen, declares state of mourning

He said the Council had also with effect, declared a four-day period of grief and calmness from Tuesday, June 1, 2021, to Friday, June 4, 2021, at 1200 hours in the Gbi Traditional Area.

Togbe Adzofuwusu described Mamaga Dewotornyo as a promising and vibrant lady when she was enstooled as Mamaga.

“Mamaga Dewotornyo during her 50 years reign was able to initiate a lot of projects to enhance the image of Queen mothers in the Municipality,” he said.

The Divisional Chief said the late Mamaga established and institutionalised the Hohoe Municipal Council of Queenmothers.

She was the President of the Council and also a member of the Volta Regional Paramount Queenmothers Association until her demise.

The Divisional Chief said “with age, Mamaga started showing signs of ill health. Most often, she regained her strength and continued to perform her duties as the Paramount Queen-mother of Gbi Traditional Area.”

Gbi State announces demise of Paramount Queen, declares state of mourning

He said the late Mamaga became ill again in early 2019 and all efforts made to have Mamaga regain her health eluded them.

Togbe Adzofuwusu called on people in the traditional area to go about their daily activities with sobriety during the period of mourning.

The Traditional Council has opened a book of condolence to the general public in memory of the late Paramount Queen-mother.

Flags will fly at half-mast in the traditional area with indigenes of the Gbi land and sympathisers observing the mourning period in red and black attires.

The Traditional Council has also chosen from July 15 to July 18, 2021, for the funeral arrangements of Mamaga Dewotornyo.

Togbe Amenu XIII, on behalf of Deiga Kwadzo Dei XII, Paramount Chief of Peki Traditional Area, expressed condolences to the traditional area in a solidarity message.