With the Internet, almost anything is possible. Governing an entire Kingdom via Skype is a unique example of the vast use of the internet. Céphas Bansah is a man who is an African King able to balance a job as a mechanic in Germany with his Royal duties back in his country. The great Kings of the world are known because of their glory and luxurious life, but an African King has gained the attention of the world through his labor along with the rule over his subjects. He is a real African King who doesn’t accept the out-dated and old-fashioned ways of governance.[irp]
The royal name of this unique monarch is “Togbe Ngoryifia Céphas Kosi Bansah”. His Kingdom named as “Gbi”, which is located on the eastern border with Togo to Ghana. More than three million people live in Cépha’s Empire. This is not a joke, but the truth that King Céphas Bansah runs his car repair garage in the area of Ludwigshafen in Germany, where he is wallowing in oils and greases the whole day. The King is ruling his subjects through Skype but still, he manages to visit Ghana up to eight times per year.
King Céphas Bansah grew up in Ghana. He moved to Germany in 1970 when his grandfather “King ho ho” sent him abroad for higher education. He came to Germany as a foreign exchange student for some training but he wanted to become a mechanic. So he got training and became a good mechanic. During his stay in Germany, he got the citizenship, setting up his own garage in Ludwigshafen and also had been married to a German woman. He became the King in 1987 when he received a telephone call from home that his grandfather had died who was a King.
Although the 67-year-old was not directly next in line for the seat through birth right, his father and older brother were before him. But he was chosen over his father and brother because they both are left-handed. This is an attribute about which people of Hohoe believe that men who use the left hand instead of the right are unclean and unlucky and it is a sign of dishonesty. In 1992, his coronation ceremony took place. But King Bansah made a decision to go back to Germany. He decided that it is not necessary to move back to Africa for being a King.
He is still living in Ludwigshafen, with his German wife named Gabriele, and two kids. He still runs a car repair workshop and also manages time to rule over more than 200,000 Hohoe people, through telephone calls and Skype. It is reported in the news that he hasn’t allowed the distance to affect his responsibilities as King. He even does not sleep at night and resolves the tribal disputes and other matters. He makes sure to visit his Kingdom as well several times in a year. Céphas not only the name but He is a true leader and he has dedicated himself to his people. He continues his job as a mechanic and his part as chief.[irp]
He does charitable work in the country such as he made dozens of schools, hospitals, and other welfare institutions in the Republic gby by collecting funds from European countries. His German wife and kids are also periodically visited the African Republic. The King Céphas wife and children are the support system for him while conducting affairs of the Kingdom, but also help him in charity. To fund his aid projects, he raises money and funds from the other countries for his people. He also sent water purification and sanitization equipment back to Gby quite regularly.
In his role as a chief, he is working on a number of aid projects including construction of buildings for schools, hospitals, women’s prison and secure medical aid.