A museum that will honour the memory of Tetteh Quarshie, the Ghanaian indigene who first brought cocoa beans into the country, will soon be constructed at Akwapim-Mampong.
That is according to the Minister of Tourism, Culture and Arts, Mrs. Catherine Afeku, who disclosed this while addressing Parliament on Valentine’s Day which is also the country’s National Chocolate Day. Tetteh Quarshie was an agriculturist who traveled to the island of Fernando Po (now Bioko in Equatorial Guinea) in 1870 and returned in 1876 to Ghana and introduced the cocoa crop into the country which has since become the country’s most important cash crop, raking in millions of dollars each year in foreign exchange.
A cocoa farm which is believed to have been planted by him still survives at Akwapim-Mampong where the Tourism Minister indicates would be the site for the Cocoa Museum.
‘’… in honour of Tetteh Quarshie, the man who first brought cocoa to Ghana, my Ministry in collaboration with the Ghana Tourism Authority and other stakeholders will very soon cut the sod for the construction of a befitting museum for the country’s cocoa hero, at the Tetteh Quarshie Cocoa Farm at Akwapim-Mampong. We trust that our stakeholders like COCOBOD, Cocoa Processing Company Limited, Nestle Ghana Limited and other corporate bodies in Ghana will support us in this endeavor,’’ she said.
As part of activities marking this year’s Chocolate Day celebration (CHOCOFEST), the ministry, its agency the Ghana Tourism Authority with support from other stakeholders embarked on a social media campaign dubbed ‘’Love Chocolate, Love Adventure” on its Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages where participants who successfully identified the tourist sites shown on the pages could win handsome prizes that will take them to interesting tourist sites in the country. On the D-Day, each passenger arriving at the Kotoka International Airport received a complimentary bar of Golden Tree chocolate in a Chocofest Akwaaba gesture aimed at introducing the Ghanaian brand of chocolate to arriving passengers especially our visitors and tourists.
There was also a donation of assorted chocolate and other cocoa products to the Christ Faith Foster Home at Frafraha in Accra while regional offices of the GTA facilitated the organisation of tours by school groups and social clubs to tourist sites across the regions as part of this year’s chocolate day event.