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  • Antoinette Herrmann-Condobrey


Togbega Gabusu VI, Paramount Chief of Gbi Traditional Area, has been laid to rest, three years after his passing. The fiaga's funeral was a week-long celebration in Hohoe, culminating with a burial day program on Saturday, December 11, 2021.

The former president of the Volta Regional House of Chiefs, known in private as Billy Bright Eli Komla Kumadie, dealt with underlying health conditions along the road. He was typically full of energy however and hardly ever slowed down. News of his death was officially announced by the Gbi traditional authorities in a press briefing in January 2020.

Plans were underway for a June 2020 burial when the global pandemic hit. The December 2021 funeral in Hohoe was a well-attended event that saw a large crowd trooping in from all parts of Ghana and overseas. An even bigger audience participated virtually.

Gabusu VI was one of nine children and the only male born to Gustav Koku Kumadie from Gbi-Hohoe, and Dorothea Kpegah from Gb-Bla - both of blessed memory. Eli, as he was popularly known before his enstoolment, hailed from the Royal Kadrake Gate of the Hohoe-Torkoni division.

The prefix "Togbega" for a paramount chief, as opposed to "Togbe," was Gabusu VI's creation. A teacher by profession, Kumadie was enstooled as Gbi Traditional Area's sixth paramount chief in 1989. He reigned for 29 years.

Togbega Gabusu VI was married with eight children. He died at 68.

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