By Samuel Agbewode
The Agbogbomefia of the Asogli traditional area, Togbe Afede XIV, has celebrated Christmas for 400 children drawn from the Ho Municipality at his residence as part of his personal contribution to ensuring that children in the area happily participate in the occasion.
The Chief provided the large number of children with their favourite rice and chicken, biscuits, soft drinks, and above all, music after the meals, which saw the children displaying their dancing skills to the various tunes, which made this year’s Christmas celebration a memorable occasion for them.
The most interesting aspect of the party Togbe Afede held for the children, was when the prominent chief and the President of the Volta Region House of Chiefs humbled himself and started serving the children, to the surprise and admiration of some of the parents who accompanied their children to the party.
The Agbogbomefia, after he was satisfied that the children were properly fed and were happy, decided to feed them with some words of wisdom, as he asked the children to, at all times, show greater respect for their parents and the elderly in society, as their first duty as children.
Togbe Afede continued that it was important for them to learn hard and take their lessons seriously, to ensure that the investment their parents were making in them would be meaningful and helpful to them, as well as the entire society, and advised them against acts of laziness.
He told the children that the only way that they could become responsible citizens and assume leadership positions was to learn hard in school, because some of them would become presidents, chiefs, ministers of state, and municipal and district chief executives, if they take their lessons seriously.
Togbe Afede said the Asogli Educational Fund would start awarding scholarships to children who would be first in all the subjects in all the classes at the basic level of education in the area, to promote healthy competition among children in the schools at an early stage that would help improve academic performance in schools.