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Where Does This Originate From. We Call It Dzowey In Ewe. How Do You Call It In Your Language.

Dzowoe, Dzowey, Zowey or Adaarkwa is a spicy and sweet snack made from Peanuts or Groundnuts. It’s a popular snack across Ghana, Togo, Nigeria and Benin to mention just a few.

Read about the Ewes

Ewes inhabit Southern Eastern part of Ghana, Southern Benin, South West of Nigeria and Southern Togo currently. The journey of Ewes to their current settlements is one that fills you intrigue and one that will make you appreciate their resilient nature.

The Ewes are traced to the original settlement in the Oyo state of Western Nigeria and later to Notsie, Togo in the 17th century. Due to the harsh treatment of the Ewes, (with the help of the women weakening the walls , by the use of water) the Ewes were able to run free from their tyrant King Agorkoli. Due to this forced migration the Ewes settled across the coastal regions of Benin, Togo and the South East of Ghana.

When I decided to research the origins of Dzowoe, I was plied with conflicting and convincing stories and came to the conclusion of the Ewe Land been the originators of Dzowoe. I was particularly intrigued but not surprised when I heard Nigeria had a similar snack called ‘Donkwa’ by the Hausas in the Northen part of Nigeria.

Last year, I asked where Zowey originated from and the varied responses, including a few coupled with stories, gave a resounding response to the Ewes and Hausa’s of Ghana. Some of the responses included

Mariam Bugri-Caren said;

Growing up in tamale we always called it Dakuwa pronounced as it’s spelt Da-ku-wa. I struggled to find it in Accra but it was a common snack in tamale alongside kuli-kuli (a deep fried rolled peanut butter ring or stick- very crispy and a bit spicy but yummy)

Yawa Tsagli had this to say;

‘So my dad has answered. He’s my historian when it comes to our tribe

Dzowoe is purely an Ewe diet. Dzowoe was one of the few preparations our ancestors prepared as one of the seasoned food for warriors in battles who would not have time to prepare food.


Francesca Bakare said;

It is hausa, I grew up in the north and we sometimes use tigernuts to make it as well. The Hausa groundnuts pyramids were a wonderful sight until a couple of decades past and they had a lot of recipes using g/nuts in them. I believe in West Africa anywhere you see dakuwa you will find it has a Hausa settlement or tribe. In west Africa there are more things that connects us than separate us.

Since the place of origin of Dzowey is not yet known on my side, I want the anyone who is reading this piece to help me out by alerting me in the comments section.

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