Posted by Mr. Emmanuel K. Arthur, Executive Director of the Kuapa Kokoo Farmers’ Union
I flew in on Monday 24th May having travelled through the night from Accra with British Airways. The flight was good and landed in Heathrow terminal 5 ahead of time. I checked in at my favourite City Hotel at 12 Osborn Street and took a good rest just to prepare myself for the meetings ahead. I had meetings planned at the Fairtrade Foundation, Twin and Divine.
My most memorable day was my day at Divine Chocolate where I tasted some new chocolates from Divine. I can’t remember the exact recipe, but, the chocolate made with quality and finest Kuapa Kokoo’s cocoa mixed with ginger was a great taste. I was happy to taste some of these chocolates and to make a choice which I believe will meet the taste and pleasure of Divine Chocolate lovers.
My meetings ended on Thursday 27th May and I had to fly back to Ghana the next day. However, my trip back to Ghana looked threatened as my flight on BA had been cancelled due to a strike action by BA Cabin Crew. There was the need to make an alternative arrangement for me; I was desirous of returning to my lovely and enterprising Kuapa Kokoo farmers. I have got a lot to do between May and August as Kuapa Kokoo farmers are going through the election period from the society to the national level. Elections occur every 4 years and this exercise will end up at the August Annual General Meeting where about 3,000 farmer delegates from about 1,400 societies will elect their National Executive Council members to steer the affairs of the cooperative for the next 4 years. An alternative arrangement was made for me to return on the new Virgin Atlantic route to Accra. It was my first and, wow!!! this was a lovely flight, one of the best flights I have had in recent time.
I am now back in Ghana serving one of the greatest cocoa farmers cooperatives in the world. The cooperative which produces the cocoa beans for the ‘Chocolate which makes the world go round’ – Divine.