A Ghanaian Kitchen: Pounding Fufu

A Ghanaian Kitchen: Pounding Fufu

Fufu, a staple of Ghanaian cuisine, is made by pounding together cassava and yams. The final consistency is something like playdough, and is balled up with your right hand and eaten with stew. There is no liquid added, which amazed me — it is just the pounding that...
Rough Road to Paradise

Rough Road to Paradise

It is easy, when traveling abroad, for certain poor decisions (let’s leave at 5 p.m. for Cape Coast from Kumasi), especially when combined with misinformation (“the trip is only two hours,” “you can catch a bus”) to transform into unknown...
Kente Weaving in Bonwire

Kente Weaving in Bonwire

Walking into the Bonwire Kente Weaving Association center is like discovering the holy grail. Lining the walls from floor to ceiling are folded kente cloths with all variety of bright colors and different patterns, each one with its own proverbial meaning. “The...
Tolls and Schnapps

Tolls and Schnapps

Our last day in Odeh was a chance to reflect on what we’ve seen and ways to stay involved. The needs in Aprade and Odeh are well defined with two great leaders at the helm, Nana Rokoto and Nana Ama. They want to create a space for orphans and elders without...
Kings and Queens: Dancing with Royalty

Kings and Queens: Dancing with Royalty

I have studied royal court music and read about it in books, but I have never experienced the real deal in person. After driving around and greeting Nana Rokoto’s 103-year old father, the king of Nana Ama’s region, and many other folks, we headed to the...