The Avatime people are believed to have migrated from Ahanta land in the Western Region of Ghana before finally moving to settle in the Volta Region. Even though there are other accounts of their migration, the Ahanta story seems more accurate and backed by facts.
The Avatime people are well known for their rich indigenous culture.
According to history, when they arrived in Avatime land, they settled in a place called Oxulosu before relocating to the present day Avatime communities namely; Avatime-Amedzofe, Avatime-Biakpa, Avatime-Dzogbefeme, Avatime-Fume , Avatime- Dzokpe and Avatime-Vane.
Oxulosu, which is translated ‘back of a mountain’ is now considered a sacred site. This is also a place where the Avatime shrine is located.
Till date, you can still locate traces of the seven(7) settlements of Avatime at Oxulosu.
Here, some artifacts dating back to the ancient days can also be found.
Every year, the people of Avatime embark on a pilgrimage to this holy land during the celebration of their annual Amu Festival.
Before embarking on this journey, special rituals are performed and only people who are considered ‘clean’ are allowed to go.
This trip goes beyond the shallow waters of tourism but rather holds a spiritual significance to the people as it offers them an opportunity to reconnect with their ancestors.
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