The Pride Of Our Generation As Obedient Children

Hap 3A happy Ghanaian woman and child: Art work by Peter Asare

We are in a generation of disobedient children comparing to our time. We, the people born between 1940-1970 in Ghana, are the most blessed ones. We are awesome people and our life is a living proof.

While playing and riding rented bicycle, we never bothered to wear helmets. We played Oware, Ampe,  Kwaakwaa (Hide and seek) asosor, tumatu (Ghanaian games) and skipping rope etc, without thinking about television, video or computer games.

After school (those days, we went to school two times a day) we played until dusk but never watched the world (Television) by locking up ourselves in a room. We played only with our real friends, not with friends.

If we ever felt thirsty, we drank tap water or stream water, bottled water didn’t exist but there wasn’t any Ebola or pneumococcal meningitis  We never got ill even after sharing the same juice or sweet with four friends

We were happy after our fufu, kokonte, etsew, ampesi. (Ghanaian dishes.) There weren’t any fried rice or ‘foes chicken.’ We ate rice and chicken only on special days. (Christmas, New Year, Easter etc.) Even then , we will go anywhere with our fresh chicken legs and wings in our hands, for everyone to know that we’ve eaten rice.

Nothing happened to our feet after roaming and kicking balls made of rags bare footed. We never used any health supplements to keep ourselves healthy. We used to create our own toys. Our parents were not rich but they never chased after money.

They just searched for and gave only love.They were proud to see us around them. These days parents are chasing after money and riches that they ignore the presence of their kids. We never used to share our emotions by using emoticons, DVDs, Play Stations, X-Boxes, video games, personal computers, internet, web chatting, but we had many good friends and communication was face to face.

We used to go to our friends’ home unannounced and enjoyed food with them. We never had to call them and ask for their parents’ permission to visit their home. Loving people were near to us, so our hearts and souls were happy. Hence, we never required insurance policy or fake spiritual support.

We might have been in Black and White photos but you find colourful memories in them. The ultimate is that we are unique and the most understanding generation because we are the last generation who listened to our parents and also the first that have to listen to our children.

I am proud to belong to that noble Generation.

The Reason Every African Woman Knows How To Cook

Starting at a very young age, mothers teach and prepare girls to be suitable partners in marriage. A woman who doesn’t know how to cook must realise that she is heading for trouble if she marries, because in African tradition, a woman who can’t cook is considered a worthless fellow.


Jollof rice, with fried red plantain, green leaves and sliced meat.

Whether it is customary marriage or whatever, the man has right to send back his wife to her parents. This sounds strange or even cruel, as it doesn’t exists anywhere in a Whitman’s country, yet it is normal in Africa. A disgraced woman who doesn’t know how to cook, story spreads quickly like a bush fire, affecting both her mother and father, because they lacked the knowledge to give their daughter a good training.

Dish 2

Fried red plantain, fish and vegetables.

Interestingly, African women cook without cook book, because from generations women are thought how to cook without one. An African woman knows her ingredients for every meal which she wants to prepare. In the rural areas, it is very common to see women slicing onions in their bare palm, without a cut, a skill many dare to try. (I don’t think they would be interested if given a cutting board).

Dish 3

A typical Ghanaian dish of Fufu and palm-nut soup, being tasted by a white lady. 

However; the influence of European and American culture in Africa, has enrolled many Africans in cooking schools to learn how to cook European dishes. In Hotels and restaurants, well prepared European dishes by African chefs, are daily served. It is amazing to see Europeans enjoying African foods, including Kenkey.(A Ghanaian food prepared from corn)

There are delicious plates all over Africa, which without a taste you will never know. My favorite European dish is buttered mushed potato puree, with baked beans and steak, I would like to know which African meal you would like to eat, so that I can prepare for you, because I am a very good cook.