Apetorku Shrine

Apetorku shrineThe Apetorku Shrine (or Gbodzi in Ewe) is the heart of the village. It is where members go for spiritual and physical healing and to receive protection from evil influences. It has a very active program of Sunday workship, daily pledges and vows, and it celebrates two major festivals at Easter and at the end of October. Traditional drumming and dance are a big part of shrine rituals.

Adherents worship Apetorku, a god belonging to the Vodu African traditional religion. Vodu is an often misunderstood but profound religion that teaches self-discipline, unity and peace.

The shrine is also the impetus behind community development projects such as electrification and water, and in this way it serves an important social role.

The chief priest and a dozen assistant priests conduct the rituals and administer the shrine. Below is an interview of the Late Hunua Yao Dunyo, the former Chief Priest of the shrine.

Head Priest Hunua DunyoPriests

  • Hunua Yao Dunyo - Former Chief Priest of the shrine, installed 50 years ago. Passed away March 2020. Was also Acting Chief of the Village of Dagbamete and former President of the Ghana Psychic and Traditional Healers Association.
  • Agbadada Davor - Shrine Mother, appointed 10 years ago.
  • Ngorgbea Kofi Davor - Assists the head priest in performing rites at the shrine. Appointed 15 years ago.
  • Humegbeda Kwasi Dunyo - Appointed 22 years ago.
  • Gutsoa Afaxoe Amenorhu - Appointed 40 years ago.
  • Agbatua Sammy Agbodeka - Appointed since the past 3 years.
  • Tsyiami Sapato Dzeamesi - Appointed 3 years ago.
  • Amadala Normegbor Dunyo - Appointed 49 years ago.
  • Assistant priests: Mawuenyegah Dzeamesi, Kofi Amenorhu, Adzoyi Dunyo, Adodo Amenorhu, Kojo Nerro Davor, Frank Kordzo Dunyo, Sammy Davis Davor, Mensah "Chairman" Avorgbedor.

Shrine drummingProgram

Visitors are always welcome to join the shrine's public services and festivals.

Main Shrine

PO Box AK 33, Akatsi, VR, Ghana
Tel. 024-496-3731, 024-408-3837 (Ngorgbea Kofi Davor)
The shrine secretary is Sammy Davor.

Branch Locations

Ashaiman Tel. 024-412-8071 (Mensah Chairman Avegbedor), 024-414-5737 (Mawuenyegah Dzeamesi)
Accra Tel. 024-140-7999 (Frank Kordzo Dunyo)
Also branches in Koforidua, Denu, Akatsi, Afife, Ohawu, and Ho.