Ghana and Nigeria have over the years been close countries. The strong bond between Ghana and Nigeria cannot be underemphasized. In movies, fashion, etc, these countries have really displayed great friendly relationships. Even in the foods of both countries, there are similarities.

Below is a list of 5 foods Ghanaians and Nigerians have in common.

  • 1. Jollof Rice
Jollof Rice
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One of the trending meals in west Africa is Jollof rice. When mentioning one of the most delicious foods in West Africa, Jollof rice can’t be left out. The rivalry between Ghana and Nigeria jollof still remains a debate among the West African diaspora.

The difference between Ghana Jollof and Nigeria Jollof is that Ghanaian Jollof rice is less spicy and also prioritizes the use of tomato stew and meat stock for the rice unlike Nigerian Jollof which has more chillies, ginger, onion with a preference for a unique burnt taste from the reaction between the pot and rice for a sumptuous and authentic Jollof rice.

  • 2. Banga Soup / Palm Nut Soup
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Banga Soup / Palm Nut Soup
Banga Soup / Palm Nut Soup. Photo Credit:

This soup made from palm oil and starch and popular in the South-South and South-East part of Nigeria is also a Ghanaian delicacy. It is called palm nut soup in Ghana and it is eaten with carbohydrates like rice, yam, banku, fufu, kokonte, etc unlike Nigeria where it is only eaten with swallows that is poundo or fufu.

  • 3. Egusi Soup/ Agushi Stew
Egusi Soup / Stew
Egusi Soup / Stew. Photo Credit:

We bet many Nigerians think they are the owners of Egusi soup, but Ghanaians have their version, and it is called ‘agushi’, it is made of the same melon seeds and palm oil.

  • 4. Rice & Stew
Rice & Stew
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Both Nigerians and Ghanaians eat rice and stew (made from tomatoes and pepper) and they love it though the method of preparation might not be the same.

  • 5. Fufu
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In Nigeria, fufu is a popular food made from fresh or fermented cassava unlike in Ghana where it is made out of pieces of boiled cassava and/or other tubers such as plantain cocoyam or yam.

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