The word, asafo means” those who war with others “. ”Sa meaning to war and fo means people. The Ga branch is referred to as the Asafo Bii. There are usually eight or ten companies, all under the command of a Supi.
There is also the Tufohen (Master of arms). The executioners and priestesses who used to make up the asafo were laid off decades later. The simple red attire and straw hats belie their skills with various battle arts.
Nowadays they partake in festivals, communal labour, search for missing persons and occasionally guard their neighbourhoods.
They are referenced in nearly all my works;
- Asafo Safo
- Asafo Kuo
- Nyasakrom among others