Magazine article New African

All You Need Is Love: Lovers of Valentine's Day, Which Is a Big Hit in Ghana, Have a New Treat in Store. the Ghana Ministry of Tourism and Diasporan Relations Has Just Launched Its Alternative to Valentine's Day Called National Chocolate Day. Sweet, Isn't It?

Magazine article New African

All You Need Is Love: Lovers of Valentine's Day, Which Is a Big Hit in Ghana, Have a New Treat in Store. the Ghana Ministry of Tourism and Diasporan Relations Has Just Launched Its Alternative to Valentine's Day Called National Chocolate Day. Sweet, Isn't It?

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In an attempt to make use of Ghana's rich cocoa, especially the health benefits of consuming cocoa products, the Ministry of Tourism and Diasporan Relations has instituted Ghana's own version of Valentine's Day, "National Chocolate Day" to be observed every year. The maiden event was launched in Accra on Valentine's Day, 14 February.

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Surprisingly, the day was overwhelmly patronised! Thousands of Ghanaians who normally do not have a chocolate-eating culture--even though the country produces the best quality cocoa beans in the world and for many decades was the world's largest producer of cocoa beans--took to the brown stuff, so much so that there was an immediate shortage of chocolate across the country.

As part of the activities marking the day, the minister of tourism and diasporan relations, Jake Obetsebi-Lamptey, presented varieties of cocoa products to inmates of the Osu Children's Home. These included cartons of Milo, Choco Milo, Pebbles, Bournvita, Richoco, Chocolim and Golden Tree chocolate. They were donated by the Cocoa Processing Company, Nestle Ghana Limited, and Barry Callebaute, in a programme dubbed "Show Love to the Orphanage".

In an address, the minister said there was the need on National Chocolate Day to show love to all who needed it, especially inmates of the Osu Children's Home. …

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