Kingdom of Godenu

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Kingdom of Godenu
Flag of Godenu
Coat of arms of Godenu
Coat of arms
Anthem: God Bless Our Homeland Ghana
Ghana (orthographic projection).svg
CapitalVillage of Godenu
Official languagesEnglish, Ewe
GovernmentConstitutional Monarchy
• King of Godenu
Togbe Osei III, King of Godenu
LegislatureCouncil of Elders
Traditional Kingdom
• Constitutional Monarchy
• Affirmed by the Constitution of Ghana
28 April 1992
• Total
18.2 km2 (7.0 sq mi)
• 2010 census
CurrencyGhana Cedi (GH₵) (GHS)
Time zoneGMT (UTC+0)
Drives on theright
Calling code+233
The Kingdom of Godenu has it direct foundation in 1942 as a result of disputes and challenges to the reign of Togbe Osei II by warring houses who did not accept the rule of Togbe Osei II over the whole of the Wegbe Kingdom, dating back several centuries. Parts of the Kingdom split away and the smaller loyal remaining parts of the Kingdom, which he continued to rule over, were renamed as Godenu. He was a judge in the Colonial Government and was fluent in German, English, French, and the local language Ewe. Togbe Osei II ruled over Wegbe and subsequently Godenu for sixty years, reaching a venerable age before he died. Togbe Osei II was the grandfather of the present Dufia of Godenu, Togbe Osei III, King of Godenu.
Togbe Osei II, founder and 1st King of Godenu.


The 2010 Population and Housing Census indicate that Christians are 89.1 per cent of the population, followed by Islam 7.8 percent; Traditionalists 1.2 percent and other religions are less than one percent.[1]


The majority of the population in the Kingdom are engaged in petty trade, crop farming and livestock keeping. The 2010 Census shows that among the employed population 15 years and older, 31.0 percent are in the trading sector. All the industries, which are small scale, are owned and managed mainly by sole proprietors. The industrial activities in the Kingdom have been grouped under seven categories to facilitate identification of future prospects and promotional strategies:

  • Agro-based: Fish processing, cassava processing and distilling, and coconut-oil extraction;
  • Mining: Salt mining and sand winning;
  • Wood-based: Carpentry, Plywood Processing;
  • Textile: Kente Weaving, Tailoring/Dressmaking;
  • Raffia Weaving: Raffia basket weaving
  • Service: Hairdressing, Vehicle repair/fitting mechanics, Radio/TV mechanics, masonry;
  • Ceramics: Pottery


Among the married population, 14 percent have no education, 62.8 percent have basic education, 10.2 percent have secondary education, and the remaining 13.0 percent have relatively higher levels of education. Among the married males, lower proportions have no education (9.7%) and basic education (59.4%) than their female counterparts (17.7% and 65.8%, respectively). At higher levels of education, the proportions of males are higher than the proportions among females.

Among the never married population, 4.1 percent have no education, 66.0 percent have basic education, 21.8 percent have secondary education and the remaining 8.1 percent have higher levels of education. Among the never married, there is a slightly higher proportion of males (4.2%) than that of females (4.0%). The proportion of males with basic education is 65.2 percent compared with 67.0 percent of females; and males with secondary education are 22.6 percent compared with 20.8 percent of females. The proportion of males with higher levels of education is 8.0 percent compared with 8.2 percent of females.

Among the widowed, the proportion with no education is quite high (43.1%), among males, it is 25.0 percent and 46.1 among females. Among the separated and divorced, the proportions among females with no 29 education are higher (17.6% and 22.5%, respectively) than the proportions among males (9.8% and 10.1%, respectively).[2]

Internet Usage

About 5.1 percent of the population 12 years and older in the Kingdom use internet facilities as compared to 3.5 percent of the population in Volta region. A higher proportion among males (7.2%) use internet facility than the proportion among females (3.2%).

Ownership of Desktop/Laptop Computer

About 4.6 percent of households in the Kingdom have laptop/desktop computers; the proportion is higher than that of the region, 3.0 percent. The proportion of male-headed households that have desktop/laptop computers is 5.7 percent compared with 2.9 percent among female-headed households.

Types of Housing

The commonest type is compound house (47.3%), followed by separate house (39.2%), semi - detached house (6.8%), huts/ buildings (same compound) (2.9%) and flat /apartment (2.0%). Other dwelling units, such as, improvised homes, living quarters and tent, etc., are less than 1.0 percent each. About 49.0 percent of dwelling units of female-headed households are compound houses (rooms) compared with 45.6 percent of dwelling units of male–headed households. Higher proportions of dwelling units occupied by male-headed households are separate houses (40.3%) and semi-detached houses (7.0%) than the proportions of female-headed households (38.0% and 6.6%, respectively) in these types of dwelling units. [3]


About 91.4 percent get drinking water from five sources, namely, pipe-borne outside dwelling (28.3%), public tap/standpipe (21.9%), river/stream (17.2%), pipe-borne inside dwelling (14.6%) and borehole/pump/tube well (9.4%).[4]

External Links

The Royal House of Godenu


  1. Ghana Statistical Service; Ministry of Health; UNICEF, Ghana and Macro International GSS, Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey 2006
  2. Ghana Statistical Service (2012); 2010 Population and Housing Census. Summary Report of Final Results. GSS, Accra
  3. Ghana Statistical Service, (2009); 2010 Population and Housing Census, Enumerator’s Manual.
  4. Volta Regional Analytical Report, Ghana Statistical Service 2013. Food and Agriculture Organisation, (FAO 2012)