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Augustine Kosi Agbo, a Community Steward, Turns 80.

Augustine Agbo was born on 26th September 1943 to Mr. Atta-Doe Agbo (Coco Doe) of the Buami royal clan, and Madam Martha Kpeto from Hohoe-Ahado, both of blessed memory. He is the 5th of 7 children of his father.

Augustine had his basic education at St Francis’s Demonstration School from 1950 and continued at Papase from 1954 to 1958 when he went to stay with Rev Fr. Tokah as a mass server. While in Papase, Augustine had his first communion and confirmation. He returned to Gbi-Bla and went to St Augustine’s R.C. Boys’ Middle School in 1958 and completed in 1964.

He enrolled in African Unity Training College in 1965 as a member of the second batch of students admitted to the school, which was newly established in 1964. The school was however closed down after the overthrow of the Nkrumah government in 1966.

Agbo was a sportsman: an astute boxer of his days. He and the late George Kofinti represented the volta region in the regional boxing competition in Takoradi between 1962 and 1963, with Armstrong Agbana and Ekudi as their coaches. Also, he was a member of the -Gbi-Bla 11 football club; one of the outstanding teams in his days. Other teams at the time were the Busy Bees of Gbi-Kpeme and the Rose Football Team. Augustine was a delight to watch in the track.

A lover of music, Augustine was a member of St Augustine Church Choir till 1978. After stepping down from singing in the choir to concentrate on business, he became one of its patrons and plays that role to this day.

Mr. Agbo worked with the Hohoe Government Hospital as a driver, from 1978 to 2006. He established his Susu collection firm in 1984 and a lotto business, popularly called Tom-Bollar, in 1986.

Culturally, Agustine has been very instrumental in chieftaincy matters in Gbi in general and Gbi-Bla in particular. He has been a regular member of traditional arbitrations within Gbi-Bla and the traditional area at large. Agustine can drum almost all Gbi traditionally known drums, especially those of Gbi-Bla.

He is blessed with two surviving children and married to Gertrude Agbo; née Kofinti.

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