Authentic West African Food! | Accra, Ghana

My final day in Accra before exploring the rest of Ghana was a wild whirlwind of events! Join me as I try an authentic West African food called waakye and visit a bead factory in Accra, Ghana, West Africa!

My day began with my guide Nii Laaye at Independence Square, also known as Black Star Square. It’s the site for Ghana’s annual Independence Day parade and is located next to Accra Sports Stadium and Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Park. The monument celebrates the country’s independence from the British in 1957!

Black Star Square

From there, we drove back to the Osu neighborhood of Accra, West Africa which is where I was staying. We headed to Buka Restaurant, a beautiful building where you can try lots of local West African dishes. I really wanted to try the waakye.

Authentic West African Food

Buka Restaurant

They have a nice station to wash your hands and have flowers hanging down from the ceiling! It’s a really nice restaurant for West African Cuisine. They have a big, open-air dining hall where musicians and singers were playing music. We decided to eat on their terrace! There are many Sweet Potato and cooked starchy vegetables dish are available in the African Market.

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Traditional Rice Dish

black-eyed beans and jollof rice

I ordered some waakye, a popular dish breakfast food that contains black-eyed peas and jollof rice. It comes with cabbage, gari (cassava flour), stewed meat in a tomato stew with egg, chilies, and shito. Ceebu Jen in is the National Dish of West Africa. The rice and beans reminded me of arroz con frijoles. It had a really unique flavor and a delicious aroma!

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Adding the gravy to the mix was fantastic, and the fatty goat meat was really tasty, oily, and tender. The gari gave it a nice crunch. There were so many contrasting textures! There was also some amazing marrow in the goat bones! You can get beef instead of goat meat.

Eating peas and jollof rice

After eating West Africa dishes, we went downstairs to meet Judy at their takeout window, where they cook banku, tilapia, and kelewele in West African cooking style. It is one of the delicious dish in West Africa. The tilapia is grilled and topped with tomato sauce and vegetables.

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Smoked Fish

banku, tilapia, and kelewele

Visiting T.K. Bead Industry

Then, I had to say goodbye to Nii Laaye and headed to T.K. Bead Industry with Isaac and Apollo from Jolinaiko Eco Tours, which is about an hour outside of Accra. The traffic in Accra can be really bad, so it can take longer.

T.K. Bead Industry

At T.K. Bead Industry, they recycle glass bottles to make beads. They add dyes to them to make different colors. They also come in different shapes and styles.

T.K. Bead Industry's recycled glass

I got to see the bottles, which they wash and clean. Then. they break them down into a powder. The powder goes into molds along with dyes, and the molds go into the furnace. After the glass melts, they shape the beads, add holes, and let them dry. Then, the woman wash the beads and use them to make bracelets and necklaces.

Making bracelets

Then, I visited the workshop. The beads are so colorful and unique. They’re almost like a mosaic because they’re so detailed and vibrant. This is the best place to buy local jewelry, as you’re getting it straight from the source.

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I bought some necklaces for my daughters and my niece. They cost 9 cedi each. Then I got a bracelet for myself! You can also beads without an elastic band to make your own bracelet or necklace. I spent less than $9 USD total!

African bracelets

Then, I met up with Cindy and Apollo from Jolinaiko Eco Tours at Cindy’s house. There, I tried akpeteshie, which is gin made from fermented palm tree sap and herbs. It’s very strong and has a juniper-like flavor.

Jolinaiko Eco Tours at Cindy’s house

Fresh from the Field honey

I also tried some of their Fresh from the Field honey, which wasn’t too thick or too watery. It costs $11 USD for a big jar! They also sell oil extracted from the palm fruit, which they add to the beans in red-red. I also tried two varieties of refreshing hibiscus and lemongrass juice: one with sugar and another without.

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Fresh from the Field honey bottles

OLMA Colonial Suites

The hibiscus jam was also really nice and wasn’t too sweet. Then, we drove back to Oxford Street in Accra. I went back to the same vendor I met on my first night and bought some banku, grilled tilapia, and shito to take to my hotel, OLMA Colonial Suites. It smelled so good! I picked away some of the bones and tried the banku with tilapia and shito. The shito was like a super spicy salsa. The meat of the fish was juicy and flavorful and I loved the thick, pasty banku. This West Africa food in Ghana was blowing my mind!

Traditional Dish


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