There are several variants of the story about how river Tagbo got its name depending on whom you talk to. When the people came to settle in Wote, they had strange experiences in connection to their main source of water. The villagers therefore consulted an oracle which revealed that a powerful spirit ruled the river. This spirit revealed itself as the “Tagbo” or overlord of the river. “Tagbo” is the same as “Togbui” in the local Ewe language. Accordingly, the river was named Tagbo. The people of Liati Wote consider the river Tagbo sacred, and till today a number of taboos such as not fishing in the stream are associated with it.