Nkulenu Industries Ltd, is a leading food processing company in Ghana. It was established in 1942 by Dr. Mrs. Esther Ocloo (Nee Nkulenu) to create employment for herself, because after leaving Achimota College, there was no job opening due to the aftermath of the Second World War. Ms. Esther Nkulenu invested a sum of six out of ten shillings pocket money given to her by an Aunt; the Late Miss. Josephine Nkulenu (Mrs. Mensah) into oranges, sugar, firewood and used jam jars, to produce twelve jars of marmalade. In pricing the marmalade, she decided on a 100 percent markup, and sold a jar at one shilling. She had no difficulty in selling her marmalade thereof due to the shortage created by the war.
This encouraged her to add orange squash under the brand name “NKULENU” which has survived to date. The successes of the venture enabled her to save money and proceeded to the United Kingdom where she was admitted to the Bristol University, where she studied food preservation and processing techniques.
This newly acquired knowledge enabled her to introduce new products and improve on the quality of the marmalade and the fruit juices. The present facility in Madina, a suburb of Accra, was constructed in 1961.
With new machinery and adequate production space, production increased. From increased profits, funds were invested into various researches, which led to canning of almost all Ghanaian vegetables and foods. The most successful one is the “Palm Soup Base” for preparing palm soup and stews, which was developed in 1970 and launched at New York and London in 1972. Nkulenu is the first indigenous food processing company from Africa to be officially certified in the USA and Europe. This product won the 14th National Gold Award for Export Achievement in 2002.
Another successful product developed is bottled Palm Wine, a feat yet to be copied by the competition.
An Industrialist, A Preservationist, A Mother, A Daughter, A Sister, An AGI Hall of Famer, A National Legend!
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