King Cephas Bansah work as a mechanic in Germany

King Cephas Bansah work as a mechanic in Germany

He works as a full-time Mechanic in Germany and governs more than two million people in Togo and Ghana over Skype - meet Céphas Bansah,  regarded as a 'superior and spiritual chief of the Ewe people'. German photographer, Christina Czybik recently captured the fascinating life of the king at his home. 

King Cephas Bansah work as a mechanic in Germany

King Togbe Ngoryifia Cephas Kosi Bansah in his royal regalia

67-year-old'  Céphas Bansa's official royal status is 'King Togbe Ngoryifia Cephas Kosi Bansah' - but he spends most of his time in oily overalls fixing cars in Germany.  His kingdom, Gbi in Eastern Ghana on the border of Togo, comprises 300,000 Ewe people.

King Cephas Bansah work as a mechanic in Germany

Céphas Bansah at work in his garage in Ludwigshafen.

Although he grew up in Ghana, he moved to Germany in 1970 when his grandfather, the then king, encouraged him to train there as a mechanic.  After finishing his studies and gaining full citizenship, he settled and set up his own garage in Ludwigshafen.

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In 1987 his grandfather, the King of Hohoe, died and Céphas' father and eldest brother were deemed unfit to rule because they were left-handed, which the Ewe people considered to be 'unclean'.  This meant that Céphas was his grandfather's successor, and the new king.

King Cephas Bansah work as a mechanic in Germany

Céphas Bansah with wife Gabriele Bansah and his two children Carlo and Katharina.

Céphas now lives in Ludwigshafen with his wife Gabriele Bansah and his two children Carlo and Katharina. He uses Skype to govern his people and still visits Ghana up to eight times per year.

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In his role as king he also works on a number of aid projects including building schools and is currently raising money to build a women's prison. To fund his aid projects, Céphas also sells his own beer, called Akosombo.

 

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