Eko Chocolate Show was organised by His Royal Majesty (HRM), Oba Dokun Thompson, the Oloni of Eti-Oni from 7 to 11 April, 2022. The Institute was ably represented by the Director of Production and Substation, Dr. Moses Ogunlade; the Director of Value Added Research (VAR), Dr. Yinka Jayeola and Head of Crop Improvement, Dr. Ann Muyiwa. The cocoa award night took place at Sheraton Hotel, Victoria Island, Lagos.
The Nigerian cocoa award was established in 2017 as an annual event as part of cocoa renaissance initiative of Eti-Oni and Queen Angelique-Monet of Eti-Oni. The award was in recognition and appreciation of several individuals, private and public organisations, Institutions or NGO who have contributed towards the development of cocoa in the country. This was geared towards sensitizing the recipients and others to do more to develop the local cocoa culture and economy that would subsequently transform cocoa producing communities and bridge the gap with consumption regions.
The process of award was through open nominations by the stakeholders including the farmers and consumers of cocoa products. There were different categories including a lifetime personal contributions to cocoa development award as well as cocoa renaissance in Nigeria award.
CRIN was given award of ingenious research development in cocoa in Nigeria. The award was given in recognition of the Institute’s work in the area of cocoa production and value chain development in the country. Firstly, the development of twelve cocoa hybrids diverse genetic base which are early bearing, high yielding with very low input, resistance to major pests and diseases of cocoa, highly adaptable to cocoa ecologies of Nigeria and have very good cocoa quality traits was a major breakthrough. Secondly, the research and development of several cocoa products and beverages which are now in commercial production and creating additional jobs and openings for several opportunities was highly commendable. The award was received by Dr. Ogunlade on behalf of the Executive Director CRIN, Dr. Patrick Adebola.