|Chicken and avocado wrap from Smoothy's.|
During my first week here, I actually went considerably out of my way in search for authentic Ghanaian food, a search that yielded only moderate success. While I was staying in my hotel and ordering dinner in every night, I made a point to restrict myself to the rather meager section of African dishes on the menu, easily working my way through all of the options before week's end. A few basic Ghanaian foods are easy to come by: Banku and Tilapia (fermented mashed corn and a very bony fish), Joloff rice and chicken, to name a few, but would you believe that it's actually much easier to find Chinese or Indian food walking down Oxford Street, Accra's main drag? While you won't see a McDonalds or Jamba Juice, you certainly will stumble upon Papaye and Smoothy's, their close relatives.
I've been trying to figure out why this might be the case since the original realization hit me. Perhaps the restaurants cater to the on-average wealthier expat community and upper class of locals who have spent time living internationally? Perhaps it's simply a vestige of colonial rule? Or maybe people just like Western food better. It's hard to say. What do you think?