Ghana is an interesting country. From politics to the educational system to the daily transportation problems we face. As if that is not enough we have a way of balancing work with fun. We go the extra mile to recycle various items ourselves. Typical is that yellow shoprite rubber bag that is found in virtually every home. We have some of the most fascinating stuff we keep at home, always. Whether rich or poor, below are some interesting items found in almost every Ghanaian home.
- The bucket under the sink. In virtually every Ghanaian home, there is a peculiar bucket under the kitchen sink. This bucket is not for general use. It is usually for liquid waste. Even homes that do not have a modern kitchen possess one.
- Tapoli and Asanka (Earthenware bowl and grinder). Ghanaians do not joke with their food at all. 🤣🤣For the preparation of some delicacies, Ghanaians would love to grind their ingredients in the local asanka. The asanka is the bowl in which the ingredients are ground in and the tapoli is the grinder. Some cultures love to enjoy their famous fufu in an asanka in order to savor the meal well 😋😋😋 . It isn’t uncommon to see fufu and some other meals served in asanka when you visit some chop bars and restaurants.
- Dades3n (cauldron). This mighty metallic pot is basically for the preparation of banku. Banku is a staple food made from corn dough. Because it demands a long time on fire and also attention, people would rather prepare it in a dades3n to prevent their normal food pans from getting burnt with fire marks. Some other homes cook beans in it. Others heat water for bathing in it. This bowl is indeed a life saver in many Ghanaian homes.
- Torchlight. When dumsor ( irregular black out ) became rampant in Ghana a few years ago, many rich people resorted to generators. Even poor people took the risk to invest in a generator. Others endured the painful heat that dumsor brought to them 😥😣😫 . It didn’t get long before torch lights became a must-have in every home. Whether you have a generator or not, torch lights will save your life. It shows you the way to put on the generator when its time for dumsor. Since then every home has decided to keep one at home – just in case😜😜😜 .
- Silver shine ( dadesapor ). Because of the mean 😠😠😤 meals Ghanaians prepare, our bowls and saucepans can get dry with various food items and even oil. Normal sponges cannot get rid of this scenario. That is where dadesapor becomes important. Some would just use it to retouch their saucepans after a long time. It is commonly used on dadesen, wedru, wormar and frying pans as these bowls leave residues a lot of times.
- “Koraba” (chamber pot). Imagine a six month old baby sitting on the WC easing himself 😁😁😂😂 . Incredibly ridiculous, the baby can even get flashed away. For this reason, Ghanaian homes have special toilet facilities for babies- the chamber pot. With this, babies and toddlers can feel free to defecate 😋☺😌. Some of these chamber pots are so well decorated that if you found yourself using one currently, you wouldn’t mind taking a selfie with a caption “#chamberpot memories” to put on Facebook. I bet you would clock at least 200 likes. 😋☺😌
- “Graphic” ( newspaper). In the days of old when coal pots were rampant, newspapers were used to light fires. Even currently, it is still used. Some homes use it to line the base of their kitchen cabinets, wardrobes, shelves etc. When womenfolk fry foods like pastries or fish, they usually use newspapers to seep the excess oils. It isn’t uncommon to see newspapers in virtually every Ghanaian home. Right after daddy reads, the rest is for mom to decide its fate. 😆😆😆
- “Wedru Ne wormar” (Mortar and Pestle). Fufu lovers in Ghana cannot help but keep these god-sent items in their homes. Even With the introduction of powdered fufu like Neat Fufu, we still adore the traditional way of fufu preparation- pounding in a mortar with a pestle. When the fufu is ready, some cultures wouldn’t mind pouring the accompanying soup over the fufu which is still lying in the mortar. It is eaten right there, right then. 😆😆😆
- “Ankora” (Barrel). Nowadays we have polytanks and large water storage containers to supplement the water supply at home. Those days we all had barrels in our homes. They were either kept in the kitchen or at the entrance of the kitchen. Other times it was kept in the corridor. When the tap wasn’t flowing, able people in the household would go fetch water either from a flowing tap nearby or a tank or even a well and come fill the barrel at home. Till now a lot of households still keep a barrel at home for water storage even though they might have running taps installed. But this is Ghana the tap can evaporate uno! 😆😆😆
- Ghana Must Go (jute bag). These are checkered locally made bags for carrying goods. Market women use it. Typical users are high school students. Ordinarily the bags look normal and small but when you start filling it with items and goods, you’d be surprised at the number of goods this simple bag can accommodate. A neighbor relocated with just one round, packing all their property into two jute bags. just kidding, please dont insult me, i’m not feeling well 😂😂😂😂😂
- Yellow gallon. When there are barrels, definitely there will be these lifesaving yellow gallons. They are originally oil containers but Ghanaians know how to recycle their own products and so we turned them into water containers as well😆😆😆. Though the barrels will be filled to the brim, the gallons would still be filled too and left to stand till water is really needed.
- Fanice bowl. I once visited a friend. He is even reading this right now. In the fridge, i saw about three of these fanice bowls and i thought it was time for some ice cream party 😍😋😋. I opened all of them only to be met by frozen stews and soups 🙄😏😣😑 . The rest is a story for another day. This is very common in many Ghanaian homes. 🙄😏😣😑
- Christmas cookie bowl. This is similar to the fanice bowls but this time don’t be surprised to see sewing pins, blades, buttons, threads, needles, etc 🙄😏😣😑. Grand mothers keep this very often. At times you’d see some jewelry of a sort hiding somewhere in there.
- Matches. In this 21st century where gas cookers, electric stoves and lighters are common, we still use matches in Ghana.
- “Ewiase Ye Sum” (black polythene bag). As for this, it is one of the commonest methods of packaging bought goods in Ghana. Vendors use it all the time. If you are lucky, you might get a branded one with “Thank you” written on it. Otherwise its all black. Recently we have blended those yellow rubber bags from shoprite and white ones from Melcom. But all the same Ghanaians never dispose off rubber bags given them from town, whether black or yellow.
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