Tetteh Quarshie’s family reunites to revive legacy

Ken Sackey, GNA

Accra, July 17, GNA –
The family of the late Tetteh Quarshie, the agriculturist who was responsible
for the introduction of the cocoa crop into Ghana’s economy, has resolved to
unite to rekindle the legacy of the revered national hero.

Both the maternal
Hammond and paternal Tetteh Quarshie families, at the weekend, undertook a
pilgrimage to the Mampong Akuapem Traditional Area to revisit the historical
first cocoa farm in Ghana, established by their grandfather, Tetteh Quarshie.

Tetteh Quarshie is
believed to be the first person to have brought cocoa seeds from his sojourn in
Fenando Po Island, now Equatorial Guinea. He set up the first cocoa farm in
Mampong Akupem in 1879 after a first attempt to grow the crop in the coastal
area of Accra failed.

The farm was replanted
in 1960 but presently two of the original trees planted by Tetteh Quarshie
still stands and bears fruits.

Mr Francis Opai
Tetteh, Spokesperson of Tetteh Quarshie’s Family, during the tour of the cocoa
farm and the house the agriculturist in Akuapem, said the families’ decision to
reunite was to forge a common front to revive the legacy of their great

He said lately, some
“spurious and erroneous” impressions had been created by some individuals that
Tetteh Quarshie did not own the rights of introducing cocoa to Ghana, adding
that they realised that if both sides of the families did not speak with one
voice, the inheritance bequeathed to them by Tetteh Quarshie would be eroded by
other narratives.

Mr Opai said to
reawaken their great grandfather’s legacy a foundation was being created by the
family aimed, specifically, at facilitating the promotion of vocational and
technical education, an element of the life of Tetteh Quarshie who was also a

Thus, the foundation
would provide scholarships to needy students across the country to undertake
vocational and technical studies.

The family had earlier
called on Osabirima Nana Kwame Otu Darte III, the Chief of Mampomg Akuapem, who
was unhappy that Tetteh Quarshie’s Family could not lay claim to any cocoa farm
apart from what the national icon left behind.

He said that it was
ironic the family could not boast of at a least a ten-acre cocoa farm
themselves, adding that Tetteh Quarshie’s legacy could only be revived and
maintained if the family took cocoa farming seriously.

The Chief said there
was so much to be done to regenerate the cocoa sector and urged the families to
unite and collaborate with the Akupem Traditional Area to start a grand cocoa
planting agenda that would benefit the present and future generations.


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