Ghanaian Cooking Utensil

Relationship: Child of im/migrant

The "Pow Pow" is a cooking utensil my mother brought over from Ghana. This is used to cook fufu and kenkey and lots of more, This is made of very hard wood and they would sometimes use this to cook it with food like okro soup. The person in my family that’s mostly a representative of my cultural identity would be my mom because my mom would cook and speak mostly Twi. My mom lived in my grandma’s mansions in Ghana. Before my mom came to America she met my dad who was also Ghanaian. The way how it started in America was that my mom had to file some papers for my dad so he can be in America. Afterwards they came to America and started dating until to the point where they got married. My family originated from Accra (Ghana) in West Africa. The only uniqueness about my story would be that it started it out very sweet from their perspective since in Ghana there were more lively in their ages but, now the relationship between them was very complicated which affected them from teaching us (The children) there traditions besides cooking the foods. If I were connect this story with other stories about families it would be that when going somewhere else outside of your homeland things usually affect the way they want spread their culture and traditions to people. Mostly because of that experience Mom and Dad experienced they don’t want express what they experienced in Ghana. Clothes as well and Ghanaian stuff related. This object reminds me of the story they tell and things they cook.

Place(s): Ghana
Year: 1997

– Aaron Twumasi

Relationship:  Child of im/migrant Child of im/migrant