LEADERSHIP AND POLITICS

According to Avatime custom and tradition, leadership is based on a ruling council called Okusiga, whose members are contributed from the seven clans of the community.


Key positions have their occupants crowned while others are filled through appointment. By and large every seat in the Okusiga is hereditary. In other words, each of the seven clans customarily has known seats that it must fill any time a vacancy occurs. Royalty was preserved throughout the migration journey and as such the Avatime Group was led to her present abode by the war chief or Adontehene under the authority of Osie Adza-Tekpor. The only title that was created after the migration is Manklalo. This seat emerged due to certain exigencies in the Bagb4 (Tafi) war in 1927 The Okusiga of Dzogbefeme hinges on three axis of authority called Aklatata. (the three stones) This was the symbolic seats on which the three men who assumed authority over the community in the beginning. Every chief or stool derives authority and power from one of the three stones. Accordingly, this means Dzogbefeme has three main divisions but seven smaller divisions i.e. Akp4la.


The three stones are:

  1. Okusie – The main Chief. His major division is Agbade and Minor division is Likusikp4 or Dzapraka Clan. He is the symbolic stone in the middle and the smallest since he must be shielded from all sides. He represents the first stone.
  2. Asafoatse- The vice to the main chief. His major division is Atsiame and Minor division is Odudodome. He is the symbolic stone in the left and represents the second stone.
  3. Tsiami- The linguist. He is the third stone. His major Division is Ayegafome and Minor division is Agbenya (Ayegafome). He is the stone to the right.