Traditional dishes, warm reception sum Ghana expeditionfrom SAVIOUS KWINIKA, recently in Accra, Ghana
ACCRA, (CAJ News) – FINDING myself in unfamiliar surroundings in Accra, the Ghana capital, I was initially skeptical of the food.
A few mouthfuls later, the feeling changed and I was convinced these were the most delicious dishes in the West African region.
I’m referring to fufu, banku, kenkey, yams, plantains, cassava and rice, which in most cases are served with grilled Tilapia fish.
Yams, plantains and rice can be boiled, fried, roasted or grilled in order to suit those that enjoy the food.
Back home in Johannesburg, South Africa, I was only familiar with such dishes as egusi, okra and bitter liver among others, which are popular among the Nigerian community.
But the Ghanaian dishes made me realise Africa has lot to offer when it comes to delicious and nutritious dishes.
The dishes mentioned are as popular in Ghana as they are in neighbouring Burkina Faso, Ivory Coast and Cameroon.
While the foods are rich in nutrients, I liked the variety in which they are served. They go with soups, stews or portions of meat, especially fish.
To top it all, after eating such rich West African dishes, I then got served the local Ghanaian traditional drink, coconut drink in a traditional container in order to do my “wash-down.”
It is worth mentioning the dishes are handy in cooling off from the hot and spicy foods that are commonplace in most parts of the continent.
Yet here, most foods are served with hot pepper and spices for the purposes of cooling and cleansing the body from impurities.
Food is moulded by hand, which can be a bit of a challenge to some of us accustomed to forks and knives in South African eateries.
Following the grand reception one received in Ghana, one is tempted to say Ghanaians are the most welcoming and happiest people in Africa.
In the hotel I was accommodated, the more other residents noticed I was not from West Afica, the more they showered me with love and respect.
At first, many I socialized with believed I was South African but upon revealing my identity as Zimbabwean, the numbers of people that came to chat increased.
Locals still hold Zimbabwe’s former First Lady, Sally Mugabe (nee Hayfron), who died in 1992 and is buried in Zimbabwe, in high regard.
Gifts ranging from flowers, art crafts as well as food flowed but I could not carry all those back to my residence in Johannesburg.
While Ghana can be hot at this time of the year, the warm reception and traditional dishes ensured I enjoyed my stay in Accra, Kumasi, Tamale and Tema.
My next expedition will be to Rwanda and Tanzania.
Hopefully, I will enjoy the adventure. Looking forward to more enticing dishes, and the warm reception.
– CAJ News
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