Equatorial Guinea is located on the west coast of Africa which also consists of 5 small islands; Bioko, Corisco, Great Elobey, Little Elobey, Annobón. The Capital city of Equatorial Guinea is Malabo on Bioko Island.

Equatorial Guinea has an abundant supply of ocean food supplies which is a major part of the food eaten by her people. 

On today’s episode of  Learn Africa, we’d be looking at the Equatorial Guinea’s Succotash, the National dish of the country. Other foods found include staples such as cassava, plantains, bananas, sweet potatoes, yams.


This is the National dish of the people of Equatorial Guinea which is made from corn, beans and vegetables.

Succotash Dish


  • Lima beans
  • Chopped bacon
  • Chopped onion
  • Chopped garlic
  • Corn kernels
  • Basil leaves (Yoruba: Efirin; Ibo: Nchanwu; Hausa: Daidoya)
  • Pepper
  • Tomatoes
  • Salt
  • Seasoning
  • Water

Method of Preparation

  1. Put some quantity of water into a saucepan and add the lima beans into the water, cover and apply heat to cook.
  2. Drain the beans from water after cooking.
  3. Cook the bacon by grilling over heat inside a flat frying pan or skillet.
  4. Add pepper, tomatoes, chopped onions and chopped garlic to the bacon inside the pan and continue to cook until the onion is soft and tender.
  5. Add the corn kernels, salt, seasoning and lima beans to the mixture and stir cook.
  6. Add the basil leaves and stir.
  7. When the corn and basil leaves are soft and tender, remove from heat and serve.



  • Peanut butter 
  • Tomato paste
  • Water
  • Cayenne pepper
  • Palm oil
  • Salt

Method of Preparation

  1. Place a pot on heat and add some quantity of palm oil.
  2. Add some cayenne pepper and stir.
  3. Add the peanut butter to the mixture with water and stir.
  4. After forming a sauce, add the tomato paste and stir well.
  5. Add salt to the mixture and cook over heat for some minutes.
  6. Add chicken, meat or fish the sauce if you wish and serve.

Written and edited by Ebenezer Oladokun

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