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Photos: Meet the Ghanaian king who works as a mechanic in Germany and rules his people via Skype

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Even though Ghana is has a democratic system now, the traditional kings still have an important function within the communities as carers of their people

67 year old King Togbe Ngoryifia Cephas Kosi Bansah pictured at his mechanic workshop in Germany is the superior and spiritual chief of Ewe people of Gbi kingdom in Eastern Ghana. He may be a king in his country but he works as a full-time mechanic in Germany. He governs his people over Skype.

he 67-year-old’s official royal status is ‘King Togbe Ngoryifia Cephas Kosi Bansah’ – but he spends most of his time in oily overalls fixing cars



Céphas grew up in Ghana but he moved to Germany in 1970 before he was appointed king. His kingdom consists of 300,000 Ewe people. He originally moved to Germany when his grandfather, the then king, encouraged him to train there as a mechanic.

After finishing his studies and gaining full citizenship, he settled and set up his own garage in Ludwigshafen. He continued living a peaceful life until 1987 when he received a Fax which would change his life forever.

His grandfather, the King of Hohoe, had died and Bansah’s father and eldest brother were deemed unfit to rule because they were left-handed, which the Ewe people considered to be ‘unclean’. This meant that Céphas was his grandfather’s successor, and the new king.

King Bansah is pictured with his son Carlo Bansah (left), his daughter Katharina Bansah (centre) and his wife Gabriele Bansah (right)



He now lives in Ludwigshafen with his wife Gabriele Bansah, 57 and his two children Carlo and Katharina, continuing his job as a mechanic and his role as King. He uses Skype to govern his people and still visits Ghana up to eight times per year.

Dressed in all his royal finery, Céphas Bansah, helps to govern more than two million Ghanaian and Togolese people
Despite being regarded as a ‘superior and spiritual chief of Ewe people’ in Togo, he also works full-time mechanic in Germany – governing his people over Skype



He now lives in Ludwigshafen with his wife Gabriele Bansah, 57 and his two children Carlo and Katharina, continuing his job as a mechanic and his role as King
Ornate: His kingdom, Gbi in Eastern Ghana on the border of Togo, consists of 300,000 Ewe people



Marriage: King Bansah and his German wife Gabriele are pictured above on their wedding day in 2000
Regal: King Bansah (pictured) leads two very contrasting lives as a part-time monarch and a full-time monarch
Regal: King Bansah (pictured) leads two very contrasting lives as a part-time monarch and a full-time monarch

Source: UK Daily Mail


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  1. There are lot of issues that need to be clarified. Gbi traditional area is in the Volta region of Ghana but not Eastern. Am also wondering if Hohoe is under the Gbi traditional area. I stand to be corrected on that. People have their life’s to live even as traditional rulers. What’s more important is how he rules his people and brings development to his area.

    1. Dear Emmy, Hohoe is under the Gbi Traditional Area. I know of Hohoe, Kpando and Peki as Gbi people. I’m sure there are other areas too . I stand to be corrected as well.

  2. Emmy, Ama and Garry , have my greetings. I want to correct the notion about this issue. The story under review is fabricated and fraudulent.
    The Gbi traditional comprises of Hohoe being Gbi-Dzigbe(North) and Peki ( Gbi-Anyigbe)or South. Torgbuiga Gabusu is the Paramount Chief of Hohoe whilst Torgbuiga Kodzo Dei ,affectionately called Deiga rules Peki. So we really cannot fathom where this Cephas fits in as king of Gbi.
    Cephalon Kosi Bansal is not a king, neither did he comes from Royal family.
    He was only installed as Development Chief, (literally means “Ngoryifia” in Ewe). The assertion that his grandfather was king of Hohoe died and his father and brother deemed unfit to rule is false.
    His claim as the king was refuted at a press conference held by Torgbuiga Gabusu early 2016 and a disclaimer issued.

    1. There is no Gbi kingdom in east of Ghana on Togo border as published. Gbi traditional area do not connect to any border in Ghana,nor does not it consist 300,000 Ewes he rules.

    2. Cephas Kosi Bansah, have no kingdom for which he rules 2millions people from both Togo and Ghana. He might have that kingdom existing in his imagination or his garage.
    3.Cephas Kosi Bansah is never superior spiritual chief of Ewes people in Togo and govrrns them by Skype. That’s false acclaimed status.
    4. There is no part time monarch in the world of royals as pertains to his claims . As visiting Ghana 8 times in a year beats my understanding.

    On the whole, Cephas Kosi Bansah is not a king. His conducts will duly be reported to the Elders and Kingmakers of Gbi Traditional Area for appropriate actions.

    Thanks for your time everyone reading this. And beware of such claims.

  3. He may not be a king but a local chief, but why he can rule his people by Skype. It’s good that way.

  4. No, I disagree with him, something is definitely wrong with the process of his selection for the throne, it is unAfrican.
    The Prince who is not ready to become an embodiment of his ancestors culture and traditions have no business vying for the traditional throne.
    It will never happen in my Oyo Yoruba Kingdom.

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