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General News of Friday, 7 February 2020


People and Places: Unraveling the myth about Ghana’s cocoa story ahead of chocolate day

The first thing that comes to mind when the name; Tetteh Quarshie emerges is Cocoa.

Indeed, there have been several stories about this legend, well including the fact that he wasn’t the first person to bring Cocoa into Ghana.

That may be true, but bravery was what he exercised when he hid cocoa during his journey from a mission in Fernando Po (now Equatorial Guinea), knowing what was at stake, and brought cocoa back to Ghana.

Born in 1842, to a farmer from Teshie; Mlekuboi and mother; Ashong-Fio, Tetteh Quarshie, changed Ghana’s fate at age 34, when he introduced the ‘magic beans’ into the country.

In this edition of People and Places, we explore and delve into the story of a Ghanaian legend whose bravery brought Ghana one of its most cherished commodities today; Cocoa.

The full interview airs on Ghanaweb TV, Monday, February 10, 2020.