Nigerian Afrobeat singer and entrepreneur, Oluwatosin Ajibade, popularly known as Mr. Eazi, has announced his decision to invest in coconut farming in Ghana.
The singer made the disclosure at the headquarters of the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) of the United Nations in Rome, Italy where he attended a conference by the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD).
The 28-year-old further revealed his plans to transform a Ghanaian coastal community of more than 60,000 people through coconut farming.
According to the singer, the idea for the project came after his encounter with a coconut farmer in the country during his 2019 collaboration with the United Nations International Fund for Agricultural Development to encourage young Africans to take up farming.
Mr. Eazi, who said the encounter “kind of woke me up,” added that the project sought to “to provide jobs, profits, and training to the constituents [of the community]”
“It’s a beautiful community. There’s a lot of land for farming. There’s also the ocean for fishing. There’s gold. The next constituency has some oil exploration. On paper, it’s meant to be a rich community but it’s very poor,” he told Thomas Reuters in an interview.
The entrepreneur further disclosed that he has hired a manager to kick off the project with the support of a local lawmaker.
He added that that the project will train youth in the area on coconut farming and coconut oil production before moving into other agriculture schemes.