Going down memory lane, one observation I made about the nature of gift giving was that it was a fairly frequent phenomena. Occasions that called for gift giving included birthdays, religious holidays (e.g christmas), festivals, the birth of a child…. I can go on and on. Giving was so frequent and embedded in the cultural fabric. I also realized that the thought or gesture of … Continue reading Ghanaian Traditions and Customs – Gift Giving
The African proverb, “Until the Lion learns how to write, every story will glorify the hunter” aptly sheds insights on the topic of today’s post. Often, when I take some time off my schedule to meet-up with friends, a key topic of interest that springs up is Africa’s narrative. This topic also comes up during networking events. For the most part, I listen and digest … Continue reading What is The African Narrative ?
A phenomenon arising within a cross-section of society is the perception that African Fashion is one and the same as Wax Prints ! This perception couldn’t be further from the truth. Africans created and adorned their bodies with fashion pieces that were unique to their environment and socio-cultural constructs. Just as different segments of culture (food, music,art etcetera) evolves over time, so does fashion. It … Continue reading African Fashion Is Not Limited To Wax Prints !
Overview of Hogbetsotso Hogbetsotso is derived from the word Hogbe or Hohogbe and is literally translated as “the day of exodus”. It is a festival celebrated annually(first sunday of November) by the Anloga’s of Ghana and commemorates their successful attainment of freedom and escape from the tyrannical Togolese King, Fia Agokoli to present day Ghana. Located in the volta region, the Anloga state is made … Continue reading Is the Celebration of Hogbetsotso Relevant in Modern Day Ghana ?
Recently, I was invited to a naming ceremony (outdooring). Since both parents were affiliated to the Akan ethnic group(Ghana), the naming ceremony was conducted according to the tenets of their culture. Two hours after I arrived, the ceremony finally began…whew ! Perched on my seat at the front row, I focused intently on the elder as my mind pondered on the pearls of wisdom he … Continue reading Akan Mythology on the Origin of Children
Total Time – 1 hour Ingredients Protein of choice 1/2 – 1 Pepper ( habanero or scotch bonnet) 1 and red onion – diced 2 cups broth (chicken, goat,lamb or dried fish) divided 4 medium cloves garlic – peeled Fresh ginger (about 1.5 inch knob), divided 1 cup creamy peanut butter 10 – 12 fresh seeded plum tomatoes Salt to taste Choice of spices Pairs … Continue reading Peanut Butter Soup Recipe – Ghana
Dear African Female Child, I hope you enjoy your childhood. I hope you are raised in an environment that honors “Who” you are and above all, I hope that you grow up to be a blazing, shining, light in the world.These are my hopes and wishes for you. However, I do realize that just because I have these hopes for you doesn’t mean that your … Continue reading An Open Letter to an African Female Child
The Ga ethnic group reside in Accra, Ghana. They occupy an area of land bounded on the west by the Densu River, on the east by the Chemmu Lagoon, on the south by the Atlantic Ocean and on the north by the Akwapim Hills. The birth of a child is heralded as a moment of great joy and ecstasy among family members. Since the Ga’s follow … Continue reading Naming Ceremony Among the Ga’s of Ghana
Ghanaian meat pies are similar to empanadas – delicious soft crust filled with either meat , tuna or vegetables. You can go wild with the filling by using creative non-traditional options. Nutritional Content:- Calories: About 620kcal Fat: 37g Saturated Fat: 18g Cholesterol: 125mg Sodium: 1175 mg Carbs: 49g Serving size – 1 meat pie: 200g Calories from fat 350kcal Fiber 2g Protein 19g Sugar 1g … Continue reading Recipe for Baking Ghana Meat Pies
Kundum (famine could not overcome us), a harvest and religious festival, is celebrated by the Ahantas of Ghana. People of the Ahanta ethnic group reside in the western region of Ghana. It is believed that the Kundum festival was first celebrated in the 16th century through the initiative of Akpoley, a rather adventurous farmer. Legend has it that one day, Akpoley decided to go hunting … Continue reading Kundum Festival of the Ahantas