Togbe Afede XIV, The Paramount Chief of Asɔgli and President of the Volta Regional House of Chiefs, at noon on Sunday January 5, received the baton in the Glasgow 2014 Queen’s Baton Relay in Ho, capital of the Volta Region. The baton arrived at Togbe Afede’s palace where a very colourful durbar of Chiefs and people of Ho was being held. The baton was relayed to him on the 89th day of the QBR by Hon. Nii Laryea Afotey Agbo, the Volta Regional Minister.
Togbe Afede commented, “We are privileged to be able to host the baton so early in the new year. Indeed it is a new year present to the Volta region, and indeed to all of Ghana. It has added a new dimension to our celebrations”.
The Paramount Chief continued, “I want to call on all Ghanaians to draw inspiration from the message that this baton from the Queen represents, so we can all come together in this new year to lay stronger foundations for the peace and unity that has been our hallmark over these past decades”.
The Glasgow 2014 Queen’s Baton Relay is the curtain-raiser to the 20th Commonwealth Games. Over a period of 288 days the baton will visit 70 nations and territories, cover 190,000 kilometres. The baton will be relayed by thousands of people throughout the Commonwealth, each one honoured by their own nation to participate in this unique tradition.
The Queen’s Baton Relay was launched at Buckingham Palace, on 9 October 2013 at a ceremony where Her Majesty The Queen placed Her message to the Commonwealth into the baton.
I was on a short vacation in Ho when The Queen’s Baton Relay Team arrived, and I was invited by secretary to the regional branch of the Ghana Journalists Association to attend this event.