The relationship between Asante and Anlo states predates 21st century due to events in the 19th century during the reign of Asantehene Kofi Karikari, when the Asante, Akwamu and Anlo States formed a tripartite alliance during the Asante-Krepi War (1869-1872).
The Hogbetsotso festival is celebrated to remember how the Anlos escaped the tyrannical rule of Togbe Agorkoli from Notsie about four centuries ago. It is a migratory festival that has been celebrated by the Anlos for many years.
It also serves as a rallying event for citizens of Anlo – both at home and abroad. It is one big event that attracts lots of tourists from far and near to see the beautiful display of culture and tradition.
This year’s celebration is on the theme ‘60 Years of Anlo Hogbetsotso Za: Uniting for Development, Sustaining our Unique Cultural Commonwealth for Future Generations’.