Tetteh Quarshie is a Ghanaian legend in history. Maybe today many Ghanaians don't recognize the legend I'm talking about. But I think all cocoa farmers cannot fail to forget Tetteh Quarshie. Do you know why? Keep reading; you will know. Tetteh Quarshie was born in 1842 to a farmer from Teshie known as Mlekubo. His mother was known as Ashong-Fio from Labadi. In Tetteh Quarshie's teenage years, he became an apprentice in a Basel Mission workshop at Akropong. Due to his hard work, he soon became a master blacksmith
Cocoa cultivation began in Ghana, according to the legend, fostered by a blacksmith called Tetteh Quarshie, who, in 1895, returned to his farm in the Eastern Region of Ghana with cocoa beans "in his pocket" from the island of Fernando Po (now Bioko) in Equatorial Guinea where there was already intensive plantation production of "slave-grown" cocoa.
It took one man's adventure and curiosity to journied to the Island of Fernando Po to discover a certain fruit called cocoa which at the time is not an indigenous crop in the West African soil,he did not know the crop,but his foresighted gave him the audacity to smuggle the bean to his homeland Gold Coast and planted it in his now famous Tetthe Qurshie farms. Growing as kid, enjoyed apples and I suppose you do as wel. I will keep the apple seed and try to grow it but it never germinated,am always told apple
NameQuarshie Other NamesTetteh Date of Birth1842-04-10 Place of BirthTeshie,Accra(1842-1892) Tetteh Quarshie's travels to Fernando Po (now Bioko in today's Equatorial Guinea), was to transform the economy of the Gold Coast (now Ghana) with his introduction of cocoa beans on his return. Hitherto, palm-oil and rubber were the main staple industries in Ghana. Tetteh Quarshie was born in 1842 to a farmer from Teshie known as Mlekuboi. His mother was known as Ashong-Fio from Labadi, both hailing from the Ga-Dangme
We've been told and taught that, Tetteh Quarshie, a Ghanaian blacksmith, brought cocoa beans to Ghana from the Fernando Po Islands.It is believed that he smuggled the beans to Ghana by swallowing them.