Reports gathered by MyNewsGhana.net indicates that the leader of the Homeland Study Group Foundation (HSGF), Charles Kormi Kudzordzi, popularly known as Papavi has passed away
The 87-year old Charles Kormi Kudjordji, alias Papavi Hogbedetor was reported to have died Friday night at the St. Paul’s hospital in the Akatsi South Municipality, where he has been on admission.
Papavi has been at forefront of a separatist campaign to get the Volta region and other parts of the North-Eastern part of Ghana seceded into an independent Western Togoland state.
He was recently arrested and arraigned in connection with a supposed independence declaration sometime in October 2019.
After several unsuccessful coup attempts, he went into hiding after declaring independence for “Western Togoland” until his death.
What’s Western Togoland?
The territory of Western Togoland was first colonized by Germany in 1884 and incorporated into the Togoland colony. After Germany’s defeat during the First World War, the colony of Togoland was divided between France and Britain as protectorates. The western part of Togoland became part of Britain’s Gold Coast colony, which became independent in 1957 to form modern-day Ghana. Togo gained independence from France in 1960.
Western Togoland is a member of the Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization (UNPO). Four million people live in the region. In terms of language and culture, Western Togoland, especially the Volta region, has more in common with Togo. Locals in the region say they feel underrepresented by Ghanaian authorities.
A previous unsuccessful attempt to declare Western Togoland independent from Ghana took place in 2017. In March 2020, around 80 members of the separatist group were detained for protesting the arrest of seven leaders of the Homeland Study Group Foundation. The charges were later dropped.
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