Gabusu VI: His Majesty Joins Ancestors.
By Antoinette Herrmann-Condobrey
After days of preparation and a much longer period of deliberation,
the Gbi traditional authorities officially broke news of the passing of their paramount chief, Gabusu VI, to the public on Jan 18, 2020.
Togbega Gabusu VI reigned for 29 years.
His majesty the paramount chief was known in private as Billy Bright Eli Komla Kumadie, a teacher by profession. Eli, the only son among eight sisters, who hailed from the Royal Kadrake Gate of Hohoe-Torkoni clan, was enstooled as Gabusu VI on May 25, 1989. His Parents were Gustav Koku Kumadie from Gbi-Hohoe, and Dorothea Kpegah from Gb-Bla.
Leading to the January 18 announcement, the Gbi traditional authorities banned noisemaking in the area for a period of eight days.
A seven-day state of mourning, which officially ends on January 25, 2020, began for all Gbiviwo, following the announcement.
“To this effect, all flags in Gbi Dzigbe must fly at half-mast during this period of mourning,” a statement signed by Gbi Traditional Council reads.
During the period of mourning, Gbiviwo are expected to dress in black, red or a combinaion of these two colors. Residents and others in the Gbi Traditional Area are expected to be deliberate in their behaviors, to ensure peace in the area.
Togbe Worde IV, Chief of Gbi-Kpeme, is the acting paramount chief of Gbi Traditional Area, and “shall assume the position of Acting President of Gbi Traditional Council,” according to the statement.
Togbega Gabusu VI was married with seven children: three daughters and four sons.
A book of condolence is now opened to the public at the Gbi Traditional Council.