Akua Obenewaa Donkor makes chocolates from organic locally sourced cocoa in Ghana’s capital, Accra.
She is one of few trained chocolatiers in the country who are carving out a niche for themselves with an aim to promote chocolate made at home, in market that’s dominated by foreign brands.
Akua started her company, Decokraft in 2013 with an initial capital of 1,000 dollars.
Her hand-made chocolates come in different shapes and sizes and also come in custom made designs.
“We make chocolate from the cocoa liquor; we don’t have enough machines to start processing chocolate from the cocoa beans. So we buy already grinded cocoa beans, which is call cocoa mass from another company in Tema. So when we come here we process it and then we make chocolate bars and filled chocolate, when I talk about filled chocolate, they are the tiny ones that has sometimes have caramel, peanut, cornflakes in them. So we make both the bars and the filled chocolate,” said Akua.
Akua says Ghana is capable of adding value to its cocoa and in turn reap more benefits instead.
After processing the chocolate liquor, she adds flavours and ingredients like nuts and other ingredients to produce a variety of bars.
The entrepreneur who is also a communication design graduate says her products don’t have artificial additives and preservatives usually found in chocolates on the market.