With Kofi O. Aduonum
The bouncing back of International Boxing Federation (IBF) Bantamweight champion Joseph Agbeko has informed his “Country men” to bestow on him the stool name -“Torgbe Kaletor I”, in a colourful ceremony held at Sogakofe.
By this enstoolment, the 30-year-old native of Aflao is to conduct himself in a way worthy of emulation, not to lose the title he reclaimed from Colombian Yohnny Perez, and to acquire prospective titles.
Preceding the grandeur ceremony was the pouring of libation at the entrance of Sogakope Township by some traditional leaders of the town, where the blessings of the ancestors were invoked to welcome the boxer.
It was Dr. Bernard Glover, the Volta Regional representative on the Council of State who conferred the honour on Agbeko, which means “Brave Warrior”.
The enstoolment saw the boxer being decorated in typical Volta Region chief regalia, was performed by Togbe Adzove II, Awa dada of the Agave Traditional Area, and assisted by Togbe Akaba VII of Anyako, Togbe Latordufe I of Agave and Togbe Amenya Fiti V, Paramount Chief of the Aflao Traditional area.
According to Dr. Glover, Agbeko’s feat, of defeating Perez convincingly to reclaim his title barely a month ago is a clear demonstration of resilience, and that has brought a lot of honour to the people in the Volta region.
Dr. Glover added: “Agbeko is a child of our land and no matter which part of the region he hails from, he deserves to be honoured.”
He described Agbeko as a shining example to the youth in the country, having risen from a humble beginning to stardom. Togbe Fiti commended Agbeko on his achievement and urged him to do more to attain greater heights.
Kobby Mensah Woyome, Member of Parliament for South Tongu, also praised the IBF champions for his resilience and perseverance, but cautioned him against complacency and pride, as he strives to reach greater heights.
Agbeko later on during the ceremony presented his title to the chiefs and thanked them for the honour.