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.