PEKI

HISTORICAL BACKGROUND OF PEKI

Peki is composed of three different inhabitants. Firstly, autochthon elements who were ancient inhabitants dwelling in caves and fortresses within the valley from prehistoric times. Second is many renegade natives from kingdoms across the Firao (Amu) valley who were either being persecuted or retired to the valley to destabilise their home states. Third are migrant elements from Notsie who were tracing their brother's the Gbese of Accra after the latter left the mainstream and people of Hohoe. The state is actually partly the military arm of the Gbi tribe that were charged to look for their brother's the Gbeses.

 

The name Peki and original elements were Guans. The migrants introduced Ewe language to the valley. When Peki was first discovered by the Europeans, the people were mercenaries who were contradicted to fight wars. They spent most part of the year fighting paid battles and other periods farming.

 

When Europeans colonised the Gold Coast and established colonial administration between 1844 to 1880s, Peki remained an independent State not subject to Danish or English nor German control from the east. But Kwadwo Dei managed through the Heligoland treaty and signed out the Volta to the English. On 17th September 1850, Kwadwo Dei signed an agreement when Danish governors Cristenstein and his English counterpart visited the town as one of the significant assets being conveyed to the English.

Written by Senyo Yayra Dzasa