2017 Edition Winners

The 1st Nigerian Cocoa Awards was held during the just concluded 2017 edition of the annual Cocoa Festival. There were 15 different categories that had direct connection with Cocoa and Agriculture won by individuals, corporate organizations, NGOs as well as government agencies through nominations from across the globe. 10 other awards were given to specific organizations and individuals who had no link with cocoa or agriculture but out of interest for sustainable development provide outstanding support to the cause of cocoa and agriculture in Nigeria.

This prestigious award, a master art piece, is a hand crafted bronze cocoa pod. Just like the real cocoa pods, no two pieces are the same and each one has its specific detailed attributes as they were individually moulded and casted using the ancient Benin bronze casting techniques by one of the masters with experience of many generations of family tradition.

The Award is no recognition of any achievement but rather a call to continued selfless and sacrificial service to challenge the recipients and others to do more and let the world know that there is more to be done, that must be done and will be done.
I want to seize this opportunity to thank all that participated in the nomination exercise, the organizers, the media and all that contributed one way or another to making it a success and wish everyone, in particular the recipients, a fruitful and prosperous 2018.

AWARDEES

1. Value Chain Development – Policy Formulation and Execution

WACOT – for demonstrating a visible, responsible and measureable approach to the value chain development across different agricultural products in Nigeria and not just cocoa as well as providing strategic support at critical stages from training to investment in value chain development as well as implementing various agricultural projects in Nigeria and West Africa.

2. Cocoa Sustainability Advocacy

JACK STEIJN: Co-Founder Chocao of Netherlands and chair of the ISO group of committees, to which belongs the committee for sustainable and traceable cocoa that he also chairs and his work on the ISO standard for sustainable and traceable cocoa.

3. Environmentally Friendly Practices

BAYER CROP SCIENCE WCA – Bayer researches and develops environmentally friendly pesticides for cocoa; Proteus and Confidor which is available and affordable for smallholder farmers and the company offers good agricultural practices (GAP) training to cocoa farmers and safe handling and use of the products and continues to contribute to improved quality production of Cocoa in Nigeria and West Africa.

4. Development of Women in Cocoa

CHANTAL COADY OBE – For her work and contribution to cocoa and chocolate development being one of the independent and pioneer female entrepreneur in the cocoa business from selling chocolates to making chocolates and now producing cocoa in a disadvantaged cocoa producing community in Grenada in the Caribbean to help transform the lives of the cocoa farmers there by engaging them so that the value chain offers are also benefitted from the farm gate.

5. Best Commercial Bank for Cocoa and Agriculture Support and Promotion

FIDELITY BANK PLC – for positioning itself as the most reliable and dependable financial partner in developing the non-oil sector of the economy with an unrivalled level of support services provided beyond funding but for entrepreneurs to take advantage of the several SME workshops that are regularly organized to achieve robust and sustainable business models.

6. Cocoa Renaissance in Nigeria

MR GODWIN EMEFIELE as CBN Governor – for his vision and identifying Cocoa as priority with the non-oil export stimulation policy by CBN with establishment of several facilities channelled through the different financial institutions to achieve accelerated and increased production capacity with focus on value add strategies for sustainability purpose to effectively diversify and transform the economy.

7. Life Time Personal Contribution to Cocoa Development in Nigeria

MR DIMEJI OWOFEMI, MD/CEO Multi Trex Integrated Plc – for a lifetime career from the position of an employee in a cocoa trading company to becoming a cocoa trader himself then a cocoa farmer and making an ambitious and giant leap of establishing the largest cocoa processing facility in Nigeria today (65000 metric tonne capacity) for cocoa butter, cocoa liquor, cocoa cake and powder.

8. Social Impact Initiatives – CSR (Individual or Corporate Organization)

NIGERIAN BOTTLING COMPANY LIMITED, a Coca-Cola Hellenic Company – for its positive and effective contribution to broader sustainability initiatives towards improvement of the quality of life of the communities they operate in. These include: Creating Economic Value, Community Investment – (water and environmental protection, sports and physical activity, youth development), Water Stewardship and Emergency Relief. In 2018, part of the plan is the empowering of 15,000 youths through its youth empowerment and personal development initiatives as part of the vision to impart over 100,000 youths with entrepreneurship and employability skills.

9. Ingenious Research Development in Cocoa

COCOA RESEARCH INSTITUTE OF NIGERIA CRIN – For developing early bearing cocoa varieties which combine high yield (2,000 kg/ha. compared with 500 kg/ha. on farmers’ farms), insect pests and disease tolerance and other quality parameters . Twelve hybrids of cocoa from these categories were released by 2011. Seedlings of these newly developed genetically improved and high yielding varieties have been raised and are being distributed to farmers from the newly established seed gardens in the 14 cocoa producing states, CRIN Headquarters and its six substations.

10. Creative Farmers Training Model

GIZ – for its sustainable economic development agenda through different initiatives and programs for MSMEs to achieve sustained employment and increased income

11. Innovative Agriculture Development Program

a. OREAP – Osun State for the transformational nature of the program to banish – hunger, poverty, unemployment and promote healthy living which in turn will lead to increase in household income and the State’s Internally Generated Revenue (IGR). The program includes: Farm Estate Development and Rural Infrastructure Upgrade, Agriculture Land Expansion Initiative, Youth Academy, Commodity Purchase Scheme and Food Reserve, Beef Chain Development, Private Sector Led Agro Input Distribution Scheme, Media Promotion of Agriculture

12. Best TV Broadcast Coverage on Cocoa and Agriculture

TELEVISION CONTINENTAL, TVC being the first media house to broadcast live market data with an extensive coverage of the Nigerian Stock Exchange, National Association of Securities Dealers, Alternative Securities Market and other African markets as part of its commitment to inspire growth and development in the Africa business market with innovative programming and content.

13. Best News Print/Online Coverage on Cocoa and Agriculture

THE NATION NEWSPAPER – for its frequent reports on agricultural programs, events, policies and activities and giving it prominence for good coverage and viewership as a major contributor to cocoa renaissance and agriculture development as well as being the voice of the farmers and farming communities to address challenges faced.

14. Best ICT Company for Cocoa and Agriculture Development

MTNN for its coverage and rapid expansion particularly into rural communities which enabled poor farmers have access to telecommunication services which made other services available that are beneficial to them thereby contributing to reduction in rural to urban migration and positively impacting cocoa and agriculture development.

15. Sustainable Tourism

FEDERATION OF TOURISM ASSOCIATIONS OF NIGERIA, FTAN – for its focus on building a robust and sustainable environment all year round towards tourism development.

2017 NIGERIAN COCOA SPECIAL AWARDS

OVERALL OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE IN AGRICULTURE & TOURISM FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT

• HIS EXCELLENCY OGBENI RAUF AREGBESOLA, GOVERNOR – OSUN STATE

THE MOST CREATIVE SUPPORT TO THE NON-OIL DRIVE WITH FOCUS ON AGRICULTURE

  1. THE REAL ESTATE INDUSTRY – PRINCE KELECHUKWU MBAGWU, CEO – CMB BUILDING & MAINTENANCE COMPANY LIMITED
  2. THE OIL & GAS INDUSTRY – MR MAHMUD TUKUR, MD – ETERNA PLC
  3. FINANCIAL INSTITUTION – MR ABBA BELLO, MD – NIGERIA EXPORT IMPORT (NEXIM) BANK

RECOGNITION & APPRECIATION AWARD FOR CONTRIBUTION TO NIGERIAN COCOA DEVELOPMENT

  1. ZARAHEMLA LTD, COLOMBIA
  2. AIDPOL, POLAND
  3. COCOA TOWN, USA
  4. MCHAP, UK