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King Bansah

Here a mechanic, there a monarch: A big power discrepancy determines the life of Céphas Bansah from Ghana.

Even the letterbox plate makes clear: Here reigns a special master mechanic.

Warding off burglars, African-style: a voodoo doll stands guard outside the home of the Ghanaian king whose official name is Togbe Ngoryifia Céphas Kosi Bansah.

In his blue overalls, with his flat cap and screwdriver in Ludwigshafen, ...

... his kingdom here is an auto repair shop, three assistants and three apprentices.

Almost 65 but no sign of winding down. Céphas Bansah is thinking about selling his auto repair shop, but he will never retire from being king.

At 5.00 p.m. Bansah the mechanic calls it a day. After dinner - he is a keen cook - he sits down at his computer to begin his work as King Bansah.

In full, kingly regalia, with over 40 pounds of gold and brass around his neck: monarch of the Ewe nation in Ghana and spiritual leader of 2.3 million Ewe.

In full, kingly regalia, with over 40 pounds of gold and brass around his neck: monarch of the Ewe nation in Ghana and spiritual leader of 2.3 million Ewe.

The king's regal outfit shows why the British called their colony the "Gold Coast". Known as Ghana since its independence in 1957, the country is one of the most stable democracies in Africa.

This hand is not only capable of governing and repairing cars - it also knows how to box: Céphas Bansah was a district flyweight champion in 1975.

The king and his German wife Gabi during the Credo interview. She organizes everything, from media events and television broadcasts to trips to Africa.

Ready to make an entrance: King Bansah makes guest appearances as His Majesty to collect donations for his people. He has used the money raised to fund projects such as building the longest footbridge in Ghana.

Céphas Bansah`s  house in Ludwigshafen: "I owe everything I can do and everything I have to the German people."