History of Avatime

The Avatime people are known in their own language as KEDEONE. This name implies that they were late arrivals. It is known that the Avatime migrated from Ahantaland currently in the Western Region of Ghana. Dzogbefeme is one original seven settlement of the Avatime people.


The land currently occupied by the Avatime people was avoided by the earlier settlers of the neighborhood. That was mainly because the place was inhabited by some wild gaint people caked Bamakle and Baya. The Avatime language, locally known as Siya, can easily mean the language of the Baya. The language, as it is now, therefore must have been a hybrid of two dialects.


Because the Baya and Bamakle were wild and aggressive, they terrorized anyone who strayed into their territory. It is even believe that the Baya migrated from somewhere and routed the earlier settler who then moved to Akpafu area.


The Avatime migrated groups were crack warriors. When they arrived at the mountains they were so much impressed and satisfied with the well drained fertile lands, the crystal clear waters from the springs, the freshness of the atmosphere and the imposing views created the topography and the contrasting vegetation types as observed from the highlands. They therefore vouched with suicidal determination to subdue the Baya tribe so as to take authoritative possession of the land. A war strategy was planned and programmed. An apparent peace proposal was made to the giants. A peace covenant was organized.


Drinks for the ceremony were provided by the two sides. The Avatime people poisoned the drinks and allowed only selected elderly volunteers to take the drinks. Not long after the ceremony most of the Baya in the combatant age bracket died together with the few elderly martyrs of the Avatime people. The Avatime immediately went on the offensive and captured those who remained alive.


The sings of habitation as envisaged by the lifestyles of the giant people still abound in the land. Additionally other interesting physical features associated with hilly and mountainous terrain are also available. To say the least, the town of Dzogbefeme and its surrounding are a new discovery not only for the tourist industry but also for archeological historians.