The 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 Hunua Yao Dunyo, the Chief Priest of the shrine.
Visitors are always welcome to join the shrine's public services and festivals.
- Sunday Worship, 9 AM to 7 PM
- Pledges and vows, every day
- Annual Festival (Agbowuwu)- Commences the evening of Easter Saturday and lasts for 8-9 days.
- Mid-Year Festival (Talulu) - Last Saturday in October and lasts for 2-3 days.
PO Box AK 33, Akatsi, VR, Ghana
Tel. 0244-963731 0244-083837 (Ngorgbea Kofi Davor)
The shrine secretary is Sammy Davor.
Ashaiman Tel. 0244-145737
Accra Tel. 0244-258074
Also branches in Koforidua, Denu, Akatsi, Afife, Ohawu, and Ho.