The call for a creation of an independent nation, may have emerged as a result of cumulated feelings of marginalization by some sections of the Volta Region.
Though Tobgi Kumassah maintains that the Anlos have never been a part of Togoland and have neither joined in the breakaway efforts over time by the secessionists. He however believes their actions might have some rooted reasons
In an interview, Togbi Kumassah said, “The treatment given to Voltarians, we seem to be marginalized. That might be one reason. That we feel that the way we are being treated as aliens, on our own land by some people, in authority, makes the people feel like they are on their own, it will be better.”
The Agbotadua to the Togbi Tay Agbozo stool was however emphatic about the fact that not all Ewes are involved in the demands for a separation.
He, among other things, explained how some members of Ewe groups including Ho and Kpando who voted during the 50s for a separation, couldn’t have their demands met because they were in the minority.
The Anlos however, he insists, were already a part of the Gold Coast before the plebiscite, hence, “couldn’t have been a part of the process back then.”
“Togoland was a mandated territory. The French and British Togoland were one under the Germans. When Africa was partitioned in Berlin in 1884, Togoland was given to the Germans but during the first World War; 1914 to 1918, Germany was defeated and the colony was taken from them.
“Because it was a colony taken out of war, it was divided into two; French and British Togoland, but the boundary does not include Anlo. Anlo became part of the Gold Coast in 1874. But the first World War came in 1914, so we were already part of the Gold Coast. Just Kpetoe area, to Kpedze, they were the former German colony now called British Togoland.
“So Papavi Hogbedetor, including Anlo as part of Western Togoland is not correct.
“We were never part of German colony, the Germans never ruled us. The only thing is that they brought education and church; the E.P is a German church and the church also opened schools. That was how far they went. The boundary is in Lome – Aflao so we were never part.
Awoemefia’s spokesperson explains why the Anlos are not part of the Togoland ‘breakaway.