A Comprehensive History of Amedzofe Township part5 by Daniel
This story is about history of Amedzofe written by Daniel Kafui Agbesi who is working as tour guide in Amedzofe vilage.
We provide this story into 7parts airticles on this web site.
This is the fifth part of long term column.
Enjoy and know about Amedzofe village very well.
Amedzofe which consists of two primary schools. Namely, Town Primary, E.P. Primary, and a Technical Vocation Secondary school in addition to the teacher’s training college formally the German Missionary School.
Before the European influence in this part of the world, the Ewe language used in the surrounding communities was completely foreign and strange to the Avatimes. It was only the few of those who traveled outside Avatime for trade and commercial purposes that had a smarting knowledge of Ewe.
The Germans came to Amedzofe in 1846 to pay just a visit and spend some hours in the town. They realized that when they came the weather was foggy and in about five minute time it began drizzling and later it started raining.
They then fell in love with the wonderful occurrence and so when they left to Anlo where they were staying with their friends, they drew their attention to this and all of them later came to settle in Amedzofe. They spoke with the authority and were then given part of the land to build on.
They did and so became part of the community.
They later built a missionary school where they began training the local people who during that time knew nothing about the foreign religion to become missionaries.
As it later turned out, they won the majority of souls and the land almost left with only few traditionalists who actually do not seemed to know much of the traditional relevance.
They build a church called the Evangelical Presbyterian Church in attachment to their missionary school in 1889.
People now on Sundays go to the church and do not quite fancy the old religion anymore. Thursday which is normally observed as an occupational taboo and demands that nobody does any work on that day is now joyfully used for several activities.
My people were assisted by the Germans, that is by planning where roads must be constructed to avoid over-crowding.
They developed a very strong relationship with the local people and they were highly loved.
When the Presbyterian Church celebrated their 50 th anniversary, the Bremen missionaries led by Dr. E. Vohringer and Mr. Adinyira the black smith erected the iron cross which is 5 meters high and attached to it a communicating gadget meant for effective communication during the Second World War with the other Germans outside Ghana then called the Gold Coast.
Nobody in the community knew the importance of the gadget since it was not disclosed to them.
In appreciation to all this, my people named the mountain after them – Gemi (German Evangelical Missionaries Institute).
It was during the erection of the Ghana Broadcasting Corporation tower that there was a detection of a problem in the radio waves functioning ability.
Tracing it led to the arrival of this gadget which was later cut off before finally the waves functioned to the fullest.
The Germans also build for themselves a cemetery for burying any of their people that died. They however left after the Second World War.