The twins who became leading Ashanti and Ewe figures

Komfo Anokye is the corrupted version of 'Okomfo from Notsie' Komfo Anokye is the corrupted version of ‘Okomfo from Notsie’

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Tsali and Tsala (aka Okomfo kye) were twin brothers. His father was Togbui Akplormada. These brothers were mysteriously endowed with potent spiritual powers.

Tsala, who would later be known as Okomfo Anokye, left Notsie on his stay at a young age and eventually settled in Awukugua, in the present-day Eastern Region. Due to his spiritual powers, he became known as Okomfo Notsie (in Ewe language, Notsie Hunor) or Notsie priest.

In Anlo oral history, we learned that Tsala (Okomfo Anokye) returned to Notsie around 1695 to consult with his brother Tsali before accepting the invitation of King Osei Tutu of Ashanti to help establish his kingdom (Kingdom of Ashanti).

During the reign of King Opoku Ware, a war broke out around 1746, Tsala (Okomfo Anokye) asked permission from the king to visit his twin brother Tsali at Keteklebi (Fiaxor) to celebrate and strengthen himself at the annual Dzawuwu celebration at the shrine of Mama Adexe. before leading the Ashanti into the war which he decisively won for the Ashanti kingdom.”

Is it any wonder we currently have Anloga in Kumasi? Is this not a testament to the bonds of cooperation that must be maintained? Any call to cease this cooperation must be considered misplaced, erroneous and without consequences.

Our Ewe oral history informs us that “Komfo Anortsie” was a Dogbo Nyigbo man called Amega Atsu Tsala Akpormada who used to live in Nortsie (a well-established settlement in the 1450s). Amega Atsu Tsala (also known as Okomfo Anokye) and Amega Tse Tsali (of Nortsie and Tsiame fame) are the twin sons of Amega Detor Akplormada (‘the thrown spear’), whose father was Amega Tsamla, son of Mama Kegbleape, one of both. daughters of Amega Gemedra of Nortsie, son of Amega Kugborka Gbe of Ketu, who was the son of Amega Kodisenu, son of Amega Dzoboku. Amega Doe Dallah (father of Amega Anya, the founder of Anyako) was born after Atsu Tsala and Tse Tsali.

Amega Atsu Tsala and Amega Tse Tsali had other brothers. Amega Gemedra’s other children include Mama Kokui Doe Kutua Asongoe (mother of Torgbi Sri I), Amega Atsu Madokpui Wenya (Dogbo leader and founder of the Laofe clan), Amega Tse Adedze Nyaki (founder of the Amlade clan) and Amega Awaga Dotse Kpotsui (father of Founders of the Bate Clan).

Like Amega Kli (son of Torgbi Ekpe), Amega Aga (grandson of Tsamla) and his father Amega Detor Akplormada, Atsu Tsala (Okomfo Anokye) did not migrate with the Dogboawo until present-day Anlo (established around the 1650s) . He (Tsala alias Okomfo Anokye), Kli, Aga and others left Nortsie before the group’s migration. Amega Kli was the one who volunteered as a friend to help Amega Aga escape the wrath of King Ago Akorli after the “ame makumaku pe hlor biabia” episode in Nortsie. Later, Amega Kli founded the present settlement of Klikor and Amega Aga established Agavedzi and later Agave. Two of the reasons why Amega Atsu Tsala left Nortsie before the group’s migration included his dissatisfaction and subsequent protest to the Dogbo elders about how the “ame makumaku pe hlor biabia” and the “installation of Kponoe as Fia over Dogboawo under a Tado stool “The issues were handled at that time.

One day, in a fit of rage, Tsali… challenged his father to a public display of supernatural powers (amlimatsitsi). In response to this challenge, his father (Akplormada), removed his own intestines, washed them with a herbal preparation and dried them to give himself more years of life. Tsali turned into a falcon and took his father’s intestines into space. Tsali searched in vain for the tallest tree on which to perch and swallow his father’s intestines. But Akplormada (had) ordered that all the surrounding trees be dwarfed. (He later) became the tallest tree on which Tsali came to settle. Before Tsali could swallow his father’s intestines, Akplormada extended his hands and Tsali dropped the intestines directly into his father’s invisible palms.

Akplormada (then) ridiculed his son with the words: You know how to become a falcon as I had taught you, but you do not know how to become a silk cotton tree. Without quotation marks.

(At one point) all of Tongu gathered together and decided to drown Tsali. Prior to her arrest, Tsali had gathered all of her personal belongings into a backpack and slung it over her shoulder. At the meeting, they tied his hands and feet… with a great weight of granite stones hanging over his neck and strapped to his back. Looking like a monster, Tsali drowned in the… Volta (river). The villagers saw him sink, but on the third day, the fishermen saw Tsali as he moved over the waters floating on the back of a crocodile that he had ordered to come to his rescue. Drifting on the crocodile’s back, Tsali held aloft all the granite rocks in his hands and shouted “Vinowo, mikpo vida: parents, behold your son.” There was great consternation in the town: the fishermen abandoned their canoes and fled for their lives. The women screamed and shouted, calling for all the people to come and see. Tsali (then) decided to leave Tongu for good.”

The granite rock attached to Tsali’s back to drown him still exists and a shrine was built around him on Konu Beach in Anyako, where he dropped the rock. We call it Tsalikpe. It was claimed that the clearing in the Kleve forest, where no plants grow to this day, was the place where Tsali sat on the ground to explain to his father the problems he encountered on that expedition. These events probably predated his migration from Kleve Forest to Tsiame.

As Kofi Ellison pointed out, it is true that the twin brothers, Atsu Tsala (also known as Okomfo Anokye) and Tse Tsali did not die a natural death. They simply disappeared and to this day no one knows where they went or were buried.

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