Akan Mythology on the Origin of Children

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

Peanut Butter Soup Recipe – Ghana

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

An Open Letter to an African Female Child

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

Recipe for Baking Ghana Meat Pies

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 Festival of the Ahantas

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

The Evolution of African Fashion – Midi Skirts

For sometime now, I have observed that each time I come across African inspired apparel,  my mind starts pondering. It ponders about the decisions that traditional African women took into account when having their clothing made in the not too distant past. In the past, Traditional West-African Queen mothers often wore exquisitely hand-woven cloth. These cloths were skillfully tied in a fashionable and secure manner. … Continue reading The Evolution of African Fashion – Midi Skirts

Traditional African Naming Ceremony – Ahanta

The Ahanta ethnic group is located in the Western Region of Ghana . An agrarian group, they speak Ahanta and Fanti ( components of the Akan linguistic group). The birth of a child is a significant rite of passage among the Ahantas and is marked by the celebration of a naming ceremony. Usually, the naming ceremony is performed on the 8th day of the month … Continue reading Traditional African Naming Ceremony – Ahanta