In a quest to revive Nigeria’s forgotten legacy as a cocoa giant, a diverse coalition including Anago Osho Adventures, UNESCO, Hellenic National Commission (Greece), and Eyali Ghana embarked on an ambitious exploration, aptly named “The Road To Cocoa” (LA ROUTE DU CACAO 2023).
Traversing the cocoa farms of West Africa, the team covered Ivory Coast, Ghana, Togo, Benin, and culminated their journey in Nigeria.
Amidst challenging terrains and eroded roads caused by incessant rainfall, the group persevered to reach the heart of cocoa heritage—the Agiyan forest near Ogbere, Ijebu East Local Government, Ogun State. Undeterred, they aimed to inspire cocoa farmers towards sustainability, organic practices, and the adoption of renewable energy sources, all the while sharing best practices for a thriving cocoa industry.
Once a global cocoa powerhouse, Nigeria’s cocoa industry has seemingly faded into obscurity. However, the documentary and project initiated by this passionate group unveiled the steadfast dedication of cocoa farmers and their descendants to preserve their cocoa heritage.
The story unfolds beyond the farms, shedding light on the tourism industry’s pivotal role in cocoa production. Contrasting the fading industry in Nigeria, Ghana, and Ivory Coast showcase a different narrative. Post-cocoa farm visits, the journey transitions seamlessly to the chocolate factory. The intoxicating aroma of chocolate production and the mesmerizing step-by-step process reveal an experience unique to the confines of a chocolate factory.
Beyond the sensory allure, the article delves into the health benefits of chocolate, especially for children. However, it draws attention to the harsh reality that many African children are deprived of this indulgence. The exploration underscores the potential for development in the cocoa sector when farmers receive both technical and financial support.
In the end, the message is clear—Nigeria holds the key to reclaiming its sweet legacy. The journey to cocoa development is not just about the farms; it’s a holistic experience that intertwines heritage, sustainability, and the promise of a sweeter future for Nigeria.
By Anago Osho Adventures