There is definitely some truth in the old adage “you are what you eat”. As Ghanaians we love and are proud of our food. Talk about Ghanaian foods and the following staple foods easily comes to mind:
- Gari and beans
- Akple and fetri detsi
It is interesting to know that the kind of foods we enjoy as Ghanaians speak volumes about our character and who we are. Find some of the interesting Ghanaian traits we can easily link to our staple foods
GHANAIANS ARE PATIENT
Fufu indicates that we are patient as Ghanaians, Fufu preparation requires a lot of time and effort, from peeling of the cassava and plantain, washing and boiling. Pounding and mixing it together until it becomes that fine smooth fluff is no joke! You would have been schooled in the 12 pillars of patience by the time you are done with preparing Fufu.
GHANAIANS GLORIFY EFFORT vs. RESULTS
Preparing Banku, Fufu and Kenkey requires a lot of effort and hard work. It demand a lot of physical stamina
Oh don’t we love glorifying our efforts as Ghanaians? We normally regard the person who puts in more time, energy into his work as better than the one who finds smarter ways to accomplish same.
An illustration is a story told of two people given the task of cutting trees. One person uses an axe and after a lot of sweat, bruised hands and waist pains, he manages to cut two trees. The other person decided to hire a chain saw and manages to cut 15 trees within the same period. The elders of the town felt the guy who used the axe was hardworking than the guy who used the chain saw.
We believe in sweating, physical pain and manual work vs. critical thinking and finding easier and more effective ways of doing things! as to whether it is the right thing to do, the evidence is all around us.
GHANAIANS ARE RESILIENT
Preparing staple foods like Banku, Fufu, and Kenkey easily exposes you to a lot of hazards including open fire, hot liquids, damage to bodily parts etc., but that won’t deter the average Ghanaian from seeking the object of their desire.
GHANAIANS ARE VERY SLOW TO CHANGE
Ghanaians are not the quickest when it comes to adapting innovation and change. You will normally hear this cliché in any organization you find yourself” As for this place, this is how we normally do it oo” the MBAs (Mebaa ha akye) find pride in swimming in the pool of sameness for decades.
Despite the hazards associated with preparing our staple foods, we still haven’t seen the need to find innovative ways to make preparation of foods like Fufu easier and safer. I know that majority of Ghanaians still don’t find any joy with the powdered Fufu on sale in the supermarkets. They claim it does not feel and taste like the original. The Fufu pounding machines are also seen as sacrilegious by some hard core fufu lovers.
GHANAIANS LOVE DIVERSITY
Jollof is a pleasant combination of rice, stew and spices. A diversity of beautiful delicacies merged into one cuisine. This colorful food demonstrates our diversity and creativity as a people. There is nothing like a good Jollof as much as there is nothing like a Ghanaian. We just rock!
GHANAIANS ARE VERY TOLERANT
Look at “red red” the juicy combination of beans, ripe plantain, Gari, and palm oil. Waakye is also a combination of rice, beans, leaves ,etc. etc.These strange bed fellows find harmony to produce a delectable staple food which is much loved by all Ghanaians. Popularly known as the friend of students, manual workers etc, “red red” and waakye demonstrates that our tolerance as Ghanaians will continue to make us an attractive destination for investment and tourism.
GHANAIANS ARE FRIENDLY AND EASY GOING
Have you ever tried akple and fetri detsi? The proud staple food of the Voltarians? You will realize how smooth and effortless it takes to eat this food because of the okro. If you don’t take time you will easily over eat. This food depicts how Ghanaians are friendly, easy going and easy to get along with. If you doubt me, travel to the neighboring countries surrounding Ghana and you will see the difference
There is so much we can learn from what surrounds us. You just have to look harder.
I am proud to be Ghanaian.
God bless our homeland Ghana.
From the desk of ROL