While in Togo, Cadets on an ROTC Cultural Understanding Language Proficiency mission were able to meet with the Queen of Pya, the community in which the Cadet were working. Cadet Marshall Montgomery, from Appalachian State University, writes about what his group learned from meeting with Queen Essoham and the cultural perspectives with which they came away.
A Visit with the Queen of Pya
Within Togo, each village elects a chief to represent them and to lead the community. Villages are then organized into groups of around eight. These eight chiefs then elect a single one of them to be the King or Queen of the group. These King or Queen districts then fall under a single prefect for the region. All manner of local elections are approved by the ministry and presidential levels. Queen Essoham of Pya rules over eight total villages, including her own, and is one of nine leaders under the prefect of the Kara region.