Traditional Diplomacy

Traditional diplomacy was demonstrated in many ways including the following:


The Ofon or traditional ruler visited his colleagues of the neighboring villages and even beyond. During such periodic visits, they discussed issues of common interest. It is worth mentioning here that it was the tradition for the Ofon to present himself to all the palaces along his itinery whenever he traveled out of his own village.


Traditional protocol requires that the Ofon of a village arrives the ceremonial grounds when the entire population of the village is already assembled. A special royal dance leads / ushers him to his throne while the population renders him homage. Where neighboring or foreign traditional rulers have been invited, the host Ofon either arrives the ceremonial grounds before the other Ofons or he leads them to it.


The Ofons (traditional rulers) usually got married to the daughters of other Ofons. Such inter-palace marriages contributed a lot towards the consolidation of love, unity and peace among the villages. Today, traditional diplomacy has been abandoned with the negative consequences that this entails.


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