Happy National Chocolate Day to every Ghanaian living everywhere (shout out to EGLE party), every non-Ghanaian living in Ghana and every non-Ghanaian living anywhere in any type relationship with a Ghanaian.
Today let’s all celebrate the man who changed the destiny of our country and the world with a single illegal act, smuggling cocoa. Tetteh Quarshie wasn’t a full-time farmer. He was a rich blacksmith who gardened as a hobby. He collected plants from different places for his farm. Cocoa was just one of the plants he collected and it ended up being what it is today.
The moral of the story is whatever or whoever you love, do it or him/her with all your heart, you don’t know what or who you will birth from your doing.
Tetteh’s cocoa has sustained the economy of Ghana for ages. Seedlings from his farm were taken to Nigeria and Sierra Leone and those countries has benefitted from his single act too.
On February 14, 2017, just before I fornicated (God forgive me), I had a call from my dad. My dad knows I like to celebrate Ghanaians and Africans who do great things and like things that celebrate us. His call was to inform me that the government had announced that it is creating a Cocoa Musuem. The Minister of Tourism had made that announcement as part of the National Chocolate Day celebration that year. It’s been two years and I still haven’t heard another thing about the museum. After I got that information from my dad, I spent February and March 2017 trying to do some research. I thought it didn’t make sense to create a Cocoa Museum when we had other cocoa-related tourist sites we has abandoned. I decided to do some research to see if my first reaction to the news is facts or fiction. I research on stuff like this at my own expense for fun and for conversation purposes.
I went to Kwame Rasta in Mampong to take me Tetteh Quarshie’s farm, the Basel farm and Tetteh Quarshie’s family house. Kwame documented our eyesore on his socials. It’s appalling how those great historic sites were treated and mistreated. The guide at the farm took 2 hours to get there when we called the number written on the locked gate of the farm. Actually we called the number and we were given a different number to call.
I tried to get the court documents for Tetteh Quarshie’s trial to no avail when I got to Accra. Then my lecturers will come and stand in front of me and tell me the reason we use English cases in Ghana is because Ghana is a developing country. No, the reason is because y’all are mentally enslaved. Short story long, I couldn’t find all the documents I needed on Tetteh Quarshie and his trial.
Today as we celebrate National Chocolate Day, remember to enjoy your Made in Ghana chocolate and remember the British tried to rewrite the history of that chocolate but for the Ghana woman Guggisberg was hitting who hit sense into him. The British successful a chunk of our history though and that white-washed history is taught in schools.
This year as we celebrate the Year of Return, let’s not only promote the European building and stories but the Ghanaian success stories too.