In 2013 Promise Adamah-Togobo went home to Ghana for the funeral of her uncle. While she was there her aunt gave her some papers that her uncle had been safeguarding and this set in motion a journey of discovery that brings us to this very moment.
These old documents contain the story of a Ghanaian King by the name of Togbui Adamah II, an Eʋe who ruled the Some Nation from 1915 until 1963. He was a mediator for his people, a talented musician, a gifted herbalist and also the main point of contact for the British colonial offices. During his reign, the British attempted to destool him - to strip him from his reign - no less than five times but they were unsuccessful. He maintained power long after Ghana had gained its independence.
All of this information could have been lost were it not for the actions of a few who understood the importance of holding onto these papers and the stories they contain. This sparked further research into the history of the southern Eʋe , not just through the archive, but also through cloth, family trees, legends and oral histories. Raising an important questions about the way history is preserved in different communities and reminds us just how essential it is to keep those various ways alive.