Kenkey Rejoinder

Dear Nii Kpakpo,

It has come to my notice that albeit the complaints of fante Kenkey patrons that the balls of Kenkey at Yamoransa and it’s environs wear layers of  coat due to the cold weather, the sellers still turn a deaf ear and placate the balls of Kenkey by making them as very  comfortable as they can be.

It is such a delight to get a ball of fante Kenkey and with anticipation take off the peels only to realize with trepidation that the leaves form over sixty percent of the whole mass of the delicacy.

This prompted my good friend and fellow creative arts writer Nii Bavard http:// A Letter To The Fante Dokono Wura to write a scathing letter to the producers but Kpakpo is it really their fault?

Nii Kpakpo, it was until I relocated to the savanna that I realized in how much of a “paradise” we were living in the capital. We had become so used to the livelihood of hardship and we assumed it was like that everywhere.

Food is universal everywhere and even though the coastal fantes make the best of the delicacy, some people in the savanna have also picked up on it and make the same thing.

Kpakpo, here is a sample.


Anyɛmi! Because of the heat in the savanna this particular version only wears a thin layer of coat and so the coat is less that two percent of the gross weight of the delicacy. Recently me and my boys boys numbering 8 had 2 for brunch after a game of soccer.

I don’t think it will be possible for even three persons to eat a whole one whilst it’s the opposite on the coast where the Last time in my low appetite state I had three balls from the yamoransa junction with pussna and sɛsɛw (octopus & shrimp)and of course black pepper.

So what accounts for the difference in the number of jackets?

Nii Bavard attributes it to the economy and thus profit but are we not all in Ghana? I have inadvertently attributed it to the weather but what is it really?

Kpakpo I have always said that if the correct policies were in place we won’t have a food situation in this country and food will be uniform everywhere so the people won’t mind where they live but can live anywhere and contribute their quota to national development.

But Hey! What do I know?

The jacket on the fante Kenkey in Ghana just serves as a metaphor for what our economic condition is and until we find a single jacket in national colors for this delicacy to wear, whilst some consumers are disappointed in one part of the country, others will be delighted and having a field day probably  with more than they can consume.

Nii Kpakpo Thompson! There needs to be a balance at least.

Well I’ve said my piece. It’s up to the rest of us. 

Till I write to you again, keep enjoying the fante Kenkey delicacy with enough fish and whatever additives will spice it up to meet your palate.

Like I always say, it begins with YOU!

Your Cousin in Law
Savannah Boy


3 Responses to “Kenkey Rejoinder”

  1. wow.I wrote something about waakye but reading yours i just realised i got a lot to do.Thanks

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