Tetteh Quarshie, The Star to Follow
In this book, Dr. Nii Amu Darko outlines the life of his ancestor Tetteh Quarshie and how he brought cocoa, Ghana’s number one cash crop to Ghana. He outlines the great man’s family background and adventurous trip to Fernando Po where he spent seven years on a cocoa plantation learning everything he possibly could about the cash crop. Dr. Nii Darko dubs Tetteh Quarshie the star to follow for his dedication and unique qualities as a hardworking, ethical, selfless son of Ghana who toiled to bring the crop that became the backbone of Ghana’s economy. Especially interesting is how Darko tells the unique story of Tetteh Quarshie from the family point of view, revealing intriguing titbits never before known by the public.
Dr. Nii Amu Darko is a physician by profession and a politician by calling. Born in Osu in 1966, he attended Ghanata, Presec and Korle-bu Teaching Hospital before leaving for South Africa in 1995 for 5 years where he worked as a physician. He subsequently moved to Australia where he currently resides and practices medicine. He founded the Gannawarra Family Clinic and serves as Consultant to several district hospitals in Australia. His exposure to the political systems in South Africa and Australia helped shape his political outlook, leading him to conclude that federalism in Ghana was the best way forward. He devised a new socio-political system called Afremocracy which is rooted in the African principle of “I am because we are”. In his quest to promote good governance in Ghana, he founded the African Reform Movement (ARM), a political movement to mobilize for change.