Few things get Rick Scobey, the president of the World Cocoa Foundation, over the moon.
One, obviously, is when he sees smiles on the faces of cocoa farmers – and, two, is when he hears a developmental song from Okyeame Kwame, the celebrated Ghanaian rapper.
In his latest tweet to the Ghanaian musician, the ‘cocoa president’ is requesting the award-winning rapper to do a song for cocoa farmers.
This comes on the heels of a decision by the Ghana government to now allow cocoa farmers ownership of valuable non-cocoa trees found on their farms.
The government, on the UN International Day of Forests, announced that Ghanaian cocoa farmers, for the first time ever, have obtained official ownership of valuable trees on their farms.
This decision has been lauded by experts who have described it as an important milestone for efforts to conserve forests and support diversified sources of income for cocoa farmers.
Adding his view, Scobey tweeted to Okyeame Kwame:
“Good news, @Okyeamekwame! Breakthrough for Ghana’s Cocoa Farmers: First-Time Ownership of Timber Trees! There’s gotta be a song here! @WorldCocoa!”
It is, however, not known when Okyeame Kwame will honour Scobey’s request and do a song to celebrate government’s announcement on timber ownership by cocoa farmers.
But in responding to the tweet, Okyeame Kwame tweeted:
“Yes it is True. I will Sir, I will contact the ministry asap and revert.”
Story: James Harry Obeng