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Royal Cocoa Festival

A Celebration of Peace, Love & Development

Eti-Oni Cocoa Festival

The Cocoa Festival was birthed to create a renaissance in the cocoa industry towards a more integrated system that will first return dignity and self-worth to cocoa farmers for the younger generation to embrace cocoa farming with pride, create a cocoa culture that will bridge production and consumption and see improved participation in the entire value chain to achieve a sustainable model, that would transform cocoa producing communities in the country and the continent. 

It is an initiative of Eti-Oni Development Group (EDG) a community development organization based in the Kingdom of Eti-Oni. 

Eti-Oni, described as the “Home of Cocoa” is the oldest cocoa plantation in Nigeria, a town located in Atakumosa East local government area of the State of Osun, South-West Nigeria.  The Cocoa festival is the celebration of the rich cultural heritage of the Kingdom of Eti-Oni that continues to attract agro-tourists, agric entrepreneurs and tourists from all over the world to the community. 

In its 7th year, the festival has heralded the breaking of cocoa pods, thereby signaling the start of the festival and the main crop harvest season.

Thursday November 18, 2021
Arrival of Delegation to Lagos, Nigeria welcomed by “Friends of Eti-Oni” and taken to hotel
8:30 pm – Dinner
10:00 pm – Briefing

Friday November 19, 2021
12:00 – 3:00 pm – Press Conference & Lunch (Freedom Park, Lagos, Nigeria)
7:00 pm – Welcome Reception with Their Majesties (The Oloni and Olori of Eti-Oni, Osun State, Nigeria)

Saturday November 20, 2021
8:00 am – Depart for Ibadan
12-2 PM – Lunch (Ibadan Polo Club)
7 PM – Dinner (Ayo Karim’s Club)

Sunday November 21, 2021
7:30 am – Depart for Osun State
10am – Harvest Service & Cocoa Pod Breaking Ceremony (Eti-Oni ALL SAINTS CHURCH)
7:00 pm – Dinner (HRH Olori Tinu Ifaturoti)

Monday November 22, 2021
11:00 am – 2:00 pm – Farmers Business School (Eti-Oni, Osun State)
Press Conference (Osogbo)
12:00 pm – 1:30pm – Lunch (Osogbo)
7:00 pm – Dinner (Rock Haven)

Tuesday November 23, 2021
11:00 am – 3:00 pm – Farmer’s Field School  (Eti-Oni, Osun State)
Tour of Gureje Farms & Rainforest (Eti-Oni)
7:00 pm – Dinner (Rock Haven)

Wednesday November 24, 2021
10.00am – 4.00pm – Health Campaign (Eti-Oni, Osun State)
Any activity (Free day to tour the region?)
7:00 pm – Dinner (Rock Haven)

Thursday November 25, 2021
11:00 am – 7 Day Government Required PCR Test (Osogbo, Osun State)
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm – American Thanksgiving Dinner
6:00 pm – 7:00 pm – Red Carpet for Two time Oscar Nominee Barry Alexander Brown’s “Son of the South” (Short Film TBA)
7:00 pm – 9:15 pm – Film Screening & Launch of Royal Cocoa International Film Festivals RCIFF (In Partnership with AFI World Peace Initiative)
Screening of “Son of the South”
9:30 pm – 10:00 pm – Questions & Answers with Cast & Crew

Friday November 26, 2021
Produce & Artisan Fair (Eti-Oni, Osun State)
Presentation of Eti-Oni Model Smart Town (Eti-Oni, Osun State)
7:00 pm – Dinner (Rock Haven)
After Party

Saturday November 27, 2021
Grand Finale & Thanksgiving Service (Gureje Square, Eti-Oni)
10.00am – 12.00pm – Chieftaincy Installation Ceremony
1.00pm – 1.45pm – Anointing & Thanksgiving Service
2.00pm – 4.00pm – Festival Parade: Music, Drama, Poetry and Dance
4.00pm – 6.00pm – Cocoa Festival Feast

Sunday November 28, 2021
10 am. – 12:00 am – Church Service All Saints Anglican Church (Eti-Oni)
12:00 – 2:00 pm – Closing Luncheon
Depart for Lagos

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