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Ideas for a Ghanaian Themed Party
In terms of food - and indeed some other cultural areas - the customs of the Ghanaian people are similar to their close neighbours Togo and Ivory Coast (Cote d'Ivoire).
Ghanaian Party Decorations
Food for a Ghana Themed PartyMany Ghanaian recipes include - and indeed rely heavily on - ingredients that are not always easy to find elsewhere, such as red palm oil.
Everyday food for most Ghanaians consists of a staple called fufu, made from ground cassava, served with a soup or watery stew made with whatever is in season, often yams, peanuts and/or plaintains, and almost always chillies. Often fish is added. Rice and millet are also widely used and eaten.
Chicken and goat are reared by many families and eaten on special occasions.
There are many similarities between the cuisine of Ghana and that of its near neighbours. Hkatenkwan, a chicken stew made with peanut (groundnut) butter, is for example similar to Ivorian Mafé (Meat in Peanut Sauce). Fufu is popular throughout western Africa. Jollof is an "all in one" dish with chicken, rice and vegetables in a tomato-based sauce, very simlilar to Kedjenou from the Ivory Coast. Either could be used if you are planning a Ghanaian party, so we won't reproduce them here.
Alternatively, try some of these next time The Black Stars are playing:
Starters & Snacks
Drink for a Ghana Themed PartyGhanaians make their own alcohol from locally available produce. Wine made from the fermented sap of palm trees, and beer made from millet are therefore on the menu, as is a spirit called Akpeteshie.
A non-alcoholic ginger wine called Lamujii is a refreshing alternative.