Kpekple – Homowo Festival Food

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Kpekple – Homowo Festival Food

Homowo Festival celebrations is a prominent time in the Ga-Dangbe calender as it marks the beginning of a traditional year and harvesting of staple food ie maize. The word Homowo (Homo – hunger, wo – hoot) can mean “hooting at hunger” in the Ga language. (see blog post homowo festival

(image credit: Ebow Hanson)

The local dish prepared for the festival is called Kpekple (or Kpokpoi ) which is made from steamed fermented corn meal, which is then sifted many times through a gauge until fine, palm oil is added to enrich the colour and taste.

It is accompanied with Palm nut soup and various fish. Houses belonging to royal family or a clan is sprinkled with Kpokpoi by chiefs to feed the ancestors. Thereafter sprinkled around town mainly by traditional leaders or head of family. This year I went to my grandfather’s house to enjoy Kpekple and Palm Nut soup made by my cousin.

bubbling in the pot – to the plate – to my lips. It was delicious.
bless Sister E (Naa Dzamah)

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