The Adoboe: After wife was admitted at Ridge Hospital, couple turns life-saving Turkey Berries into business

The Adoboe: After wife was admitted at Ridge Hospital, couple turns life-saving Turkey Berries into business

  • Bright Adoboe's wife was admitted at the Ridge Hospital in Accra over life-threatening low levels of haemoglobin (HB)
  • He heeded the advice of a doctor to add Turkey Berries to her meals, helping his wife's speedy recovery
  • The couple researched into the plant and turned it into a business
  • Bright Adoboe and his wife, Millicent Agidipo, are founders of DALIHA

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When Bright Adoboe's wife was hospitalised at the Ridge Hospital in Accra for three weeks due to ill health, he resorted to Turkey Berries to aid her speedy recovery.

Bright Adoboe's wife, Millicent Agidipo Adoboe, was admitted due to low haemoglobin (HB) levels and doctors recommended blood transfusion for her to regain her strength.

After running around for a while, one of the doctors advised him to add Turkey Berry, a plant locally referred to as ''Abeduru'', to her meals.

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The Adoboe: After wife was admitted at Ridge Hospital, couple turns life-saving Turkey Berries into business
The Adoboe: After wife was admitted at Ridge Hospital, couple turns life-saving Turkey Berries into business. Image: Odelia Ntiamoah
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Adding Turkey Berries to wife's meals

Bright Adoboe told Joy Business Ghana that he cooked for his wife with Turkey Berries and her HB shot up to 8.6.

"She was on admission at Ridge Hospital for [three] weeks. Her Hb was as low as 4.3 and the doctors asked me to get her blood for transfusion. After running around for a while, one of the doctors advised me to add Turkey Berry (locally called _Abeduru_) to her meals,'' he said.

Millicent Agidipo Adoboe's speedy recovery amazed the doctors as she gained her strength back.

According to a post sighted on the LinkedIn page of Joy Business journalist, Odelia Ntiamoah, there were people by Millicent Agidipo Adoboe's hospital bed who died with HB levels as low as five.

Turning predicament into business

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The Ghanaian couple has turned their predicament into a flourishing business. Bright Adoboe, a chemist himself and his wife, a food scientist, researched the plant.

For two years they developed and processed Turkey Berries into juices, spices, tea, among others to save more lives.

They both resigned from their jobs to concentrate on the business. The couple now has out-growers in the Eastern Region of Ghana, producing the plant in large quantities for processing and supply.

Awards

In 2018, they were named in Istanbul, Turkey, among the Top 100 Startups in the World and were also recognised at the Africa Food Prize Award (AGRA) in Kenya for their contribution to pregnant women's health in 2020, according to the post by Odelia Ntiamoah.

The couple's label DALIHA was named as The Fast Growing Nutritional Food Brand of 2021 at the Agriculture and Agro-Processing Awards held in Ghana.

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Ghanaian entrepreneur and business owner

In a previous story, YEN.com.gh reported Derrick Yiiyi Annoh, Ghanaian entrepreneur and business owner, is the brain behind the popular snack brand, Sparkxx Foods & Beverages, a company that produces flavoured packaged chips.

Annoh's quest to leave a legacy and memorial in the sands of time stoked his passion to start his business from his mother's kitchen with a team of trusted friends.

Though he had mouthwatering offers after graduating with a degree in Psychology from the University of Ghana, he turned down the offers to start small in 2017, he said. And gradually made his way up to success.

Ghanaian twin brothers admitted to Ivy League schools

In a separate story, Ghanaian twin brothers, Emmanuel and Ebenezer Boakye have gained admittance into Ivy League schools in the UK after earning top scores in their A-level examinations, reports the BBC.

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The 18-year-olds achieved a combined six As and one A at Mossbourne Community Academy in the UK.

Emmanuel and Ebenezer Boakye, who reside in East London, will attend Oxford and Cambridge Universities, which are part of the Russell Group, the UK's equivalent of the Ivy League schools in the US.

Source: Yen.com.gh

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