Ghana, officially known as the Republic of Ghana is an African country located in West Africa along the Gulf of Guinea and the Atlantic ocean and is formerly known as Gold coast. It has a population of over 30 million and is an exporter of gold and cocoa.

There are a variety of foods that are eaten in Ghana such as jollof rice, fufu, banku, waakye, kenkey, tuo and many more.

In today’s episode of Learn Africa, we’d be looking at how to prepare Waakye and Kontomire Soup.


This is a Ghanain dish that is made with rice and beans which has a distinctive red colour.


  • Rice 
  • Beans
  • Vegetable oil
  • Sliced onions
  • Tomatoes
  • Pepper
  • Salt
  • Tomatoes
  • Seasoning
  • Dried millet leaf stalks
  • Water

Method of Preparation

  1. Add some water into a pot together with the dried millet leaf stalks and allow it to heat.
  2. When it boils and the water becomes reddish, add beans to it and a little potash (if you do use).
  3. When the beans is half cooked, add more water and then pour your rinsed rice into the pot.
  4. Add some vegetable oil, sliced onions with salt to the mixture and allow to cook for some minutes.
  5. Stir it gently and allow it to cook well till it gets done.
  6. Blend the tomatoes, pepper, onions.
  7. Add vegetable oil into a saucepan and heat it, add sliced onions to it and allow it to soften then pour the blended tomatoes, onions and pepper and fry.
  8. Add salt and seasoning and continue to fry till it gets done.
  9. Waakye is ready to be served and eaten.


This is a Ghanaian soup that is made from cocoyam leaves.


  • Kontomire (Cocoyam leaves)
  • Snails
  • Smoked fish
  • Meat
  • Onion
  • Garlic
  • Pepper
  • Tomatoes
  • Salt
  • Mushroom
  • Water

Method of Preparation

  1. Wash the cocoyam leaves and put it inside a saucepan with some water. Allow it to boil and put off the heat when it softens.
  2. Add your washed meat and snails into another saucepan, add seasoning, salt, sliced onions to it and boil it.
  3. While cooking, blend the tomatoes, pepper, onions, garlic till it turns smooth.
  4. Pour the blended mixture into the cooking meat on the fire.
  5. Pour the softened cocoyam leaves into the blender and blend it well.
  6. Pour the blended cocoyam leaves inside the soup and continue to cook.
  7. Add the smoked fish and mushroom to the soup and allow it to cook well.
  8. Add some little seasoning to balance the taste and allow to cook,
  9. Remove from heat when done and serve with fufu pr any staple of your choice.

Written and edited by Ebenezer Oladokun

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