Osisiye Tafa: Ghana Has Everything…. But Jollof Rice

Recently, I was in the land of the Black Star. A couple of things hit me. First was the trust. At the airport, I asked a guy where I could buy a SIM card. He offered to help me get it and left his Samsung Note 4 charging beside me. Shuo! In the cab too, I told the cab driver I needed to buy some aspirin! He stopped the cab in a neighbourhood, left his phone charging in the cab and went to help get it. Moral of the stories: Ghanaians don’t have trust issues. This also showed in their canteens where they serve jollof rice without stew.

Away from trusting people and jollof rice, here are some pictures from my trip that will make you want to see the real thing for yourself. Akwaaba!


The entrance to Aburi Botanical Gardens

Aburi is a mountainous town which some refer to as the cradle of life. It has a biking trail with bicycles for rent. All beauty.

IMG_1841The cedar tree is sometimes the host for a parasitic tree. Here is a parasite tree that has fully killed its host, a process that took twentyseven years. Here, you’re virtually inside a tree.IMG_1850

The first cotton tree in Aburi. It is referred to as the ‘mother tree’. Its partitioned based was used as a living space by the slaves.IMG_1857

The ‘Tree of Life’ at Aburi. This carving shows how humans and animals are all in a race to the top.

The first helicopter in Ghana. In the words of our tour guide, Maxwell, ‘They took our gold and gave us this’

At the poolside, the waiters at the Movenpick Hotel deliver your orders on skates. Swoosh!

At the poolside, the waiters at the Movenpick Hotel deliver your orders on skates. Swoosh!

The breakfast menu is also Instagram-worthy.

At the Kakum National Park in Cape Coast, you open the door to seven bridges, one hundred and twenty feet high. Breathtaking view.

Breathtaking climb too!

And the art shops. I bought a Sankofa, this is a carving of a swan with its head distended backwards to touch its body, it means ‘Remember your roots’.


I’ll like to go back again as I didn’t get to see awesome sites like the Slave Colony at Cape Town (they close at 5:30 p.m. and I got there too late), Labadi Beach Resort and touch the crocodiles in Cape Town.


The jollof rice wasn’t great though.

39 Comments on Osisiye Tafa: Ghana Has Everything…. But Jollof Rice
  • Candace January 28, 2016 at 8:36 pm

    Oh please stop Ghanaians jellof rice is good. I ate Ghanaian jellof back in college my roommate was Ghanaian and her jellof rice was so good. Maybe the staff didn’t cook it well

    • Ms.b January 28, 2016 at 9:54 pm

      She didn’t say Ghanaian jollof was bad. She said it was served without stew,(which is a joke, “If u we’ve jollof rice with stew, u have trust issues”).U didn’t read the article, your comment was based on the title of the article. And yes, Ghanaians r very honest, not thier guys though, they lie a lot in relationships.

      • Missy February 2, 2016 at 11:26 pm

        loool…jolloff with stew.–the jolloff is not faithful…lol when it comes th GH guys and lies you are right…and I am a Ghanaian…they are bad…baaad..no romance…but then again we cant generalise

    • Iris January 28, 2016 at 9:55 pm

      Unless you have eaten jollof rice made by 10000 Ghanaian roommates you have no argument. I don’t know why we keep beating this story to death. Their method is different (someone needs to defend that plastic bag thing to me; no way is a melting plastic bag over your pot of food good for your health) but again it depends on the PERSON. I have had good and bad Nigerian jollof. I have had good and bad Ghanaian jollof. As we are here squabbling, one Aganyin woman is cackling to herself because she knows there are levels and LEVELS.

      • Krasavitsa January 29, 2016 at 9:13 am

        Lmaoooo! @ Iris…. The plastic bag line and the aganyin woman cackling really got me.

  • Drknite January 28, 2016 at 8:47 pm

    Is that his wife in the photos or just some random thick Ghanaian chix? Aburi look pretty!

  • makafui January 28, 2016 at 9:00 pm

    hehehe, nice piece oh yeah we do not have trust issues. As for the jollof, try Marvels mini golf resort, you wont regret it. Ahaaaa, its Cape Coast not Cape Town. You should come again

    • ATL’s finest January 28, 2016 at 9:58 pm

      Lol I was gonna say I never knew Ghana got a place called Cape Town 🙂 Typos I guess

  • Daisy January 28, 2016 at 9:11 pm

    Your taste buds needs a Doctor’s appointment and soon! Jollof is supposed to be a one-pot dish. Rich with veggies,fish/meat etc. In Ghana we say anyone who eats Jollof with stew has trust issues. So there! Over to you!

  • M January 28, 2016 at 9:13 pm

    I have traveled to many parts of Africa yet Ghana is definitely among the top 3 best countries. And yes, their honesty, humility, and kindness is out of the ordinary.

    • Bleed Blue January 29, 2016 at 9:02 am

      Nice photos.
      We went to Ghana for Christmas 2014. Stayed at Labadi Beach Hotel. Did all kinds of tourist-y things. Kids loved having lunch at DC-10, the airplane converted into a restaurant right opposite the mall.

      We loved every bit of our week long holiday. Most people were easy going, we were floored by the beauty, serenity and CLEANLINESS that Accra offered us.
      Would go again. Must go again.

  • Iris January 28, 2016 at 9:57 pm

    Lol at Cape Town. Nwokem are you lost?

  • Anon January 28, 2016 at 10:32 pm

    Even the way you spell “jellof” makes me wonder if you knew what you were eating. Its JOLLOF and of course, Nigerian Jollof is second to none.

  • The Rest of Africa January 28, 2016 at 10:41 pm

    Due to Ghanian and Nigerian limited cuisine you guys have taken upon yourself to fight each other for dish that neither does it originate from Ghana nor Nigeria. Jollof originated from Senegal you guys need to stop the fight. You guys are becoming a laughing stock that taste nothing like Maggie.

    • Cindy January 28, 2016 at 11:14 pm

      Senegal ko, seme ni. Wannabes claiming what doesn’t belong to them *yimu

    • Nigerian Village woman January 28, 2016 at 11:32 pm

      Exactly, I never get the “jollof war” esp. when fellow Nigerians insist on, ours is better than yours claim.

      For those interested in the History of Jollof, here is a link: imperfect-black.blogspot.com/2009/08/location-matters-for-jollof-rice-for.html

    • …just saying January 29, 2016 at 3:21 am

      It’s not that serious. It’s just jollof rice.. Calm down

    • Taona January 29, 2016 at 12:29 pm

      Thank you dear, they always fight for jollof as if it a mineral resource kikikikk

    • Missy February 2, 2016 at 11:30 pm

      lol thank you…my thoughts exactly…its neither Ghanaian nor Nigerian and we are fighting over it like crazy….makagini…

  • Atebodi Mosi Aisoni January 28, 2016 at 11:19 pm

    nice one write up. Osisiye sori Dxxx r u from Ogori

  • The rest of Africa January 28, 2016 at 11:34 pm

    Sorry to bust your bubble, Jollof rice originated from Senagelese Wolof rice. Google is your best do yourself a favour and educate yourself.

  • Uberhaute looks January 29, 2016 at 12:38 am

    But na Togolese Caterers dey cook am well pass…I love the *isale party jollof rice*…o dun baje baje


  • Akyin u January 29, 2016 at 3:53 am

    Ghana jollof is never eaten with a sauce and we cook ours totally different from how Nigerians cook it. We make the stew and then add the uncooked rice so it cooks together combining both favors… As opposed to the Nig. way of mixing half cooked or cooked rice with the sauce as you guys… I love Ghana jollof because it’s the bomb….

  • Toks January 29, 2016 at 6:18 am

    When is all this bull ending? My jollof rice is better than yours. Everyone has a unique way of cooking, no two ways about it. And yes Ghanians are so trustworthy, it’s out of this world. All the ones I’ve come in contact are my BFF!!!

  • Hian January 29, 2016 at 8:26 am

    And who says nigerians cook their rice before adfing it to d stew? ?? Abeg lemme go back n sleep i no dey fr dis jollof marra …. food is food biko

  • adelegirl January 29, 2016 at 8:34 am

    Lovely pictures. I really want to visit Ghana on holiday soon. Anyone have an idea of a holiday package to Ghana with a tour guide to show us the best spots and stuff?

    • ThatGhanaChick January 29, 2016 at 11:14 am

      You really don’t need a tour guide if you ask me, Ghana is relatively safe place even for a first timer. When you land in Accra, get to your hotel even the hotel staff can be of great help.

      For cheap Accommodation alternatives that will not take you too far away from the city I can say SSNIT guest House, Alisa Hotel(Not so cheap, lol), Paloma Hotel(Ringroad), Novotel Hotel, Etc

      so let’s start from Accra , Oxford Street (Popularly called Osu) food chain, Mall, a little shopping etc.
      Accra Central – Arts Center, Makola Market(lol, i doubt you want to see that), Kwame Nkrumah Mausoleum
      Accra Mall ( Tetteh Quarshie), West Hills Mall @ Weija (Its quite far from town tho)
      Airport City – Marina Mall, CocoLounge (Stanbic Heights), DC-10, the airplane converted into a restaurant right opposite the Marina Mall..

      Outside Accra – Cape Coast (Kakum National Park, Cape coast Castle, Elmina Castle ( I will recommend the Hans Cottage on the Kakum Road, Elmina Beach Resort or Coconut Groove Elmina for Accomodation)

      Outside Accra – Akosombo (Afrikiko river front Hotel or stay at the Volta Hotel then you can get on the Dodi Princess cruise its fun with live band music and food) You can visit the Akosombo Dam.

      Outside Accra – Aburi (Stay at Hillburi if you want to spend the night) then you visit the Aburi Botanical Gardens. In the same region as Aburi, you can visit the Boti falls if you want to see more of Nature and get more adventurous.

      This should be fun for at least a weeks stay in Ghana. Do well to google all this places I have mentioned if you are interested.

      • ThatGhanaChick January 29, 2016 at 11:16 am

        Oh and Hans Cottage is where you get to touch the Crocodiles’s lol

      • adelegirl February 4, 2016 at 10:45 pm

        This is amazing! Thanks a lot ThatGhanaChick! Definitely using this awesome guide you provided

    • ItWasn’tMe January 29, 2016 at 11:35 am

      I can assist you with that.

  • PIZLE January 29, 2016 at 9:16 am

    I knew from sighting the last line of the article, that comments will be centered majorly on Nigerian/Ghanian Jollof. This has been a longstanding battle for supremacy for a long while now. Any other thing you (author) wrote out there was just an addendum.

  • Ada January 29, 2016 at 9:32 am

    All this argument has cleared for me is that there are lots of Ghanaians on this site.

    • Love or hate: Nigeria and Nigerians fascinate the world. January 29, 2016 at 10:50 pm

      “@Ada, not just Ghanians, a lot of AFRICANS, and not only AFRICANS but black non-Africans and Caucasians and Asians; you’d be truly amazed. It’s just that they don’t comment or that when they do, they don’t broadcast their nationality and race.

  • Adwoa January 29, 2016 at 10:00 am

    Ms.B, you are wrong. In the last paragraph the writer categorically stated that the wasn’t great though.

  • jesbadoma January 29, 2016 at 10:02 am

    The jollof rice battle is real!!! Cameroonian jollof rice is the bomb.
    #sipsgreentea #awaitscomments #nextholidaysinGhana

  • timmy January 29, 2016 at 9:49 pm

    Ghana z d best mehn… frm humility tuh hospitality I mean evwitin…we jhux trust ourselves lyk dah evn kalin foreigners our brodas nd sistas

  • It’s just not that serious. January 29, 2016 at 11:07 pm

    I like Accra, Cape Coast’s great, the beach. I like Ghana and Ghanaians generally. I really like Africa. I like all my African brothers and sisters generally. I like Ghanaian food. I like Nigerian food. Some food versions better than others on each side; this is just natural. It just has to do with personal taste. We can boast over whose jollof rice, whose this, whose that is better, bigger, sweeter, more beautiful, more successful, etc but it should only always be like when siblings play-fight, and inside the house; it shouldn’t be serious and develop into a battle or war, on social media or anywhere else. That’s just ridiculous. Are we so insecure and do we really have so little of importance to do with our time?

    I am Nigerian. I am African. I am brown-skinned. And, before any other race, or skin colour in the world, I feel naturally connected to, feel a natural affinity with, feel a very natural brotherhood with my brown-skinned African brethren, and then my other brown-skinned brethren everywhere in the world. I love every other race, yes, it’s just that in a crowd of all races, I naturally jump on the side of any African; in that moment, in that forum, that’s my brother, that’s my sister, and we’ve got to have each other’s back.

    So after jollof rice, what next? Dodo and alloco? Nigerian pounded yam or Ghanaian fufu? Seriously?

  • cocozee February 4, 2016 at 2:15 am

    The most important factor in the jollof matter is the rice.Ghanaians cannot eat Nigerian rice.Ghanaian rice is long grained and perfumed.the grains are very small. Ie one grain of Nigerian rice=2 or 3 grains of Ghana rice.The taste for Ghana rice has to be acquired. It took me well over 2 yrs before I could enjoy Ghana rice Nd now….I can’t enjoy Nigeria rice!I will have to acquire the taste again.
    One last thing …it doesn’t have to be a paper bag to cover the rice.you can have a napkin that you use for that.Reason is that Ghana rice is very hard!!! It needs to be cooked right or OYO!

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